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
- Crisis Text line number is 741741 and text "Help".
- For immediate emergency dial 911.
Covid 19 Resources
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.
Social Emotional Resources
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 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.
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.
- Family Shelter, Men's Shelter, Biblical Counseling, Case Management.
- 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
- 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.
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
School Mental Health Care Manager
Lisa Gort Administration Building 494-2449 Send an Email
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.
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.
Shields of Hope, OCSN, Sanai Assembly of God Church, and Holland students & coaches surprise classmates and their mom.
The PERIOD PROJECT continues at Holland Public Schools. The program that provides menstrual health products to students - FREE of charge.
Securely includes software that detects when a student may be considering self-harm.
Vaccine Clinics this week at HHS and HMS.
OCDPH will set up vaccination clinics during Open House on August 23 at each school building.
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!
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: