At Holland Public Schools we offer education programs that are Right for Me. However, it is just as important to us that we we support students' mental, physical and social/emotional health. We are Here for You!
Being a student is stressful, but trying to juggle school work and other responsibilities while experiencing mental illness can make it even harder. Approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 live with mental health conditions and approximately 75 percent of people with mental health issues develop them prior to the age of 24. Mental health conditions can feel debilitating and scary, making some learners retreat inward rather than seek help.
Do you need support? Please complete this form and a member of our support team will contact you.
CDC Child Development Basics:
The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential. Visit the CDC's Child Development Basics webpage.
If you find you or your student are in need of emergency Mental Health Services:
- Michigan Crisis Hotline: Dial 211
- Ottawa County Emergency Crisis Line: 616-396-4357
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline - If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org
- Crisis Text line number is 741741 and text "Help".
- For immediate emergency dial 911.
Social Emotional Resources
Child Mind Institute
When a child is struggling, the whole family is affected. At the Child Mind Institute we want to help you make good decisions for your kids and navigate the challenges of parenting. We explore the concerns and challenges we hear about most from parents and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way. And if you have a child who needs support, we offer resources that can help you get the best care for that child and the best outcome for your family.
Additional Parent Resources on Common Emotional Health Issues
Articles to Help with Mental Health
- CDC| Information on Anxiety and Depression in Children
- National Institute of Mental Health | Teen Depression
- University of Michigan | 10 Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy
- MentalHealth.gov | Mental Health and Substance Use
- American Psycological Ass. | Resilience Booster-Parent Tip Tool
- Michigan State Universty | Help young children identify and express emotions.
- Trails To Wellness | Sticking to a Schedule
Food Insecurity Resources
The critical role nutrition plays in mental health.
The fuel we use can make all the difference and directly affects the function of your brain and mood. Eating high-quality foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will nourish the brain in a positive way. Similarly, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. A diet high in refined sugars can impair brain functions and worsen the mental health symptoms.
VISIT HPS NUTRITION SERVICES
Other Local Food Resources:
American Pediatric Association | Child Abuse Prevention
Ed and Nancy Hanenburg Children's Advocacy Center | Local Children's Advocacy Center |
Resilience | Advocates for Ending Violence
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy, Counseling (Free), Case Management, Groups, Emergency Shelter, 24 Hour Emergency Hotline.
Holland Rescue Mission | Helping individuals overcome homelessness
- Family Shelter, Men's Shelter, Biblical Counseling, Case Management.
Good Samaritan Ministries | Ending Poverty and Homelessness through a healthy and engaged and compassionate community
- Housing, Emergency utility assistance, Circles.
Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates | Provides legal support, Education and Advocacy
- Afforable legal advocacy, Educational services and outreach.
Community Action House |End poverty in our community, and help families prosper
- Food Pantry, Clothing, Shelter, Case Management, Utility Assistance.
Department of Health and Human Services | State support for housing, Food, Cash and Health assistance programs
Community Mental Health | Medicaid based mental Health supports
Arbor Circle | Strong Relationships, Resilient People
- Mental Health Counseling, Substance use treatment, family/individual counseling.
Midtown Counseling Services | Is the home for Hope and Encouragement in the City of Holland
- Providing Free in school counseling services, tele-health, and in office counseling services.
Moasic Counseling | Connecting you to hope and healing
- Provides sliding scale counseling fees for any family income, works with all families eliminating all barriers to counseling.
A list of Counseling practices participating in tele-health therapy and accepting new clients.
Local Health Resources
Click this link for a comprehensive list of local health resources:
- Medical Care
- Education and Counseling
- Suicide Prevention
- Substance Abuse
- Health Care Coverage
- Vision Services
- Medicine Disposal
- Hospital Bills
Ottawa Community Schools Network Coordinators
Caity DeBoard Jefferson 494-2506 Send an Email
Ashley Golin Holland Language Academy 494-2635 Send an Email
Sarah Krupka Holland Middle 616-494-2416 Send an Email
Mallory Timmer West 6164942373, ext. 2373 Send an Email
Pathways to Potential
Kacie Williams Holland Heights 494-2713 Send an Email
Emily Byl Holland Middle Holland Language Academy 494-2414
Demetria Friberg Holland Heights Holland High 494-2054 Send an Email
Nicole Stewart West 494-2367 Send an Email
Jennifer Yoder Jefferson West Send an Email
School Mental Health Care Manager
Lisa Gort Administration Building 494-2417 Send an Email
Power H Shop | Give Back | Thank you!
We were overwhelmed by your generosity during our give-back event at the Power H Shop yesterday... Especially those that sent items from our Amazon Wish List.
We're still looking for BRAND NEW items to fill the shelves of the store:
- Coats and boots
- School supplies
- Household items
HPS Podcast 4.19
The Power H Shop will re-open for HPS Families on Thursday, February 2, 4:30-6pm… This month, instead of giving items away - we're asking families to donate items to help re-stock the shelves of the store!
Suicide Awareness and Prevention: A presentation for caregivers and communities
TRAILS invites you to attend a free presentation: Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Caregivers and Communities on Tuesday, February 7, from 4:30-5:45pm (Eastern) via Zoom.
Power H Store - Open Hours
The Holland OCSN and Pathways to Potential Team will open the Power H Shop for all Holland Public Families
- Thursday, January 11, 4:30-6pm
The Power H Shop is located at Longfellow School (32 E 24th St, Holland, MI 49423).
TRAILS begins in January 2023
TRAILS will help students to see someone else's perspective, to foster compromise, to treat others kindly, and to have empathy and understanding.
HPS Podcast 4.14
COVID isn't over quite yet! This week, we hear about a program with the Holland Hospital School Nurses that is helping keep families healthy as we deal with COVID along with RSV and Flu all at the same time.
The PERIOD PROJECT continues at Holland Public Schools. The program that provides menstrual health products to students - FREE of charge.
HPS Podcast 4.13
The Power H Shop will open this afternoon from 5-7p. This month, the shop will look a little more festive than in previous months.
There’s still time to get your Child Tax Credit, stimulus & other federal money!
Apply even if you have no income or low income and don’t usually file taxes!