LogoAt 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
  • Crisis Text line number is 741741 and text "Help". 
  • For immediate emergency dial 911.

Please watch the HPS Mental Health News feed for the latest resources related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In addition to adults being more stressed during times of social isolation and financial uncertainty, children can also display signs and act out in ways that will exacerbate the situation. Parents and caregivers may be more likely to respond to their children’s anxious behaviors or demands in aggressive or abusive ways. 

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 

 

 

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.

Click this link for a comprehensive list of local health resources:

  • Medical Care
  • Education and Counseling
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Food 
  • Dental
  • Health Care Coverage
  • Prescriptions
  • Vision Services
  • Medicine Disposal
  • Hospital Bills

 

 


 

School Nurses

Ottawa Community Schools Network Coordinators

School Mental Health Care Manager

HPSPodcast 3.7

This week, we're talking with Arbor Circle Therapist Frank Wamsley about a partnership that is helping Holland High School students deal with anxiety and stress.

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Mobile Food Pantry - October at HHS

OCSN (Ottawa Community Schools Network), in partnership with Feeding America West Michigan, will host a mobile food pantry at Holland High School at 4:00 pm.

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2021 School Nurse 5K VIRTUAL Run/Walk

September 29- October 17
Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, September 29 at Holland West 

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HHS & HMS students rally around classmates' family.

Shields of Hope, OCSN, Sanai Assembly of God Church, and Holland students & coaches surprise classmates and their mom.

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Period Project

The PERIOD PROJECT continues at Holland Public Schools.  The program that provides menstrual health products to students - FREE of charge.

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HPS introduces new Internet filter on all district devices.

Securely includes software that detects when a student may be considering self-harm.

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HPS to host Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine Clinics this week at HHS and HMS.
OCDPH will set up vaccination clinics during Open House on August 23 at each school building. 

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OCSN | Here For You!

Your needs don't stop just because the school year is over! Luckily, your OCSN Community School Coordinators are working this summer and we are here to serve YOU!

Summer Parent Resources | Webinars & Live Conversations

Our Student Services team is proud to offer HPS Parents a series of webinars and conversations with our partners from the Michigan Alliance for Families:

 

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