Student Support Resources
These hotlines provide students 24/7 access to mental health and safety supports. These resources are designed to address the variety of ways students prefer to communicate, including direct phone lines, live chat features, and text options.
Protect yourself and others from potential harm and report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, and schools. Tips can be submitted by phone, text, email, or app. When receiving of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY staff address the immediate need and forward the information to the appropriate responding law enforcement agency or organization.
National Runaway Safeline is a place to call, text, or email your story and build a plan together. There is also a forum to post questions and thoughts and invite others to share their experiences. Spanish information is also available.
SAMHSA (substance abuse) National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
If you or someone you know is fighting against a drinking problem, it’s time to seek help and take back control of your life. Treatment providers can help you find top-rated treatment facilities, local support groups and other effective alcohol recovery resources.
Crisis Text Line - Connect with a counselor 24/7 is a Crisis Text Line that connects youth in crisis with a trained counselor who will assist the youth move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Just need to text 741741.
This 24/7/365 hotline provides person-to-person support, resources, and information regarding domestic violence, including those questioning if a relationship is healthy.
Planning for the future can be stress inducing for students even in the best of times. These resources will support high school students in the post secondary planning process, regardless of the form of instruction in which schools are currently engaged.
College Advising Hotline
Michigan College Access Network offers a number to call text that will connect you with a college adviser to answer all of your college questions. Advisers are recent college graduates with expert knowledge on the college going process.
MI Tuition Incentive Program
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility requirement, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
MI Trade Schools
Discover 81 Michigan Trade Schools from an extensive database of 198 Michigan Colleges,
Community Colleges, and Trade Schools that offer a quality education.
These resources are designed with the student in mind. Using a “one-click” strategy, students and their caregivers can find easily accessible information and activities to support mental health and address specific skills or concerns.
READ - STRESS RELIEF AND SELF CARE
Let’s Talk About It: A Graphic Guide To Mental Health is a lively and educational 24-page comic book, created for middle and high school students, that destigmatizes the conversation around mental health. Created by mental health experts, educators, and cartoonists this comic provides knowledge and resources for students to help them be healthier and more resilient.
PBS Kids Sesame Street
Caring for Each Other is friendly, child-oriented information to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis. The site is filled with content parents can use to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself too, with familiar Sesame Street Characters.
COVIbook - supporting and reassuring children - Multiple Language resource
All children benefit from learning about COVID-19 and to be reassured of their safety. This child-friendly resource is available in 25 different languages.
Are You Stressed Out - Mental Health America
Find out what stress is, how it feels and what is causing stress in today’s youth.
Loneliness is Hard - Mental Health America
It’s normal to feel lonely. Discover the effects of loneliness and how you can cope.
Teen Self-Care During COVID-19
Information packet with suggestions about different ways you can take care of yourself.
Take care of your mental health; check in with how you are feeling, keep yourself healthy, consider what you have control over, focus on what is going well, unplug from technology, and get help if you need it.
KnowResolve is a community based non-profit organization that breaks down the silence, shame and stigma surrounding mental health disorders and works to provide adults and youth with tools needed to prevent suicide. KNOWRESOLVE on Twitter
A list of coping skills including ways to help calm and distract yourself.
Simple ways to reduce stress, feel better (upper elementary through high school)It can be helpful to recognize how thoughts and feelings are connected. This chart can help the user to track their feelings and connect with daily life.
DO - JOURNALING AND POSITIVE FOCUS ACTIVITIES
Children’s Scholastic workbook to help understand and cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Many Positives Can You Think Of? (Elementary and Middle School)
This activity helps youth to use a lens of optimism to identify the positive aspects of their lives.
The following strategies can help you maintain your strength and resilience in the coming weeks.
What I Can Control (Elementary and early Middle School)
An activity for students to focus on what they can control when they want to control everything. Includes a quick video tutorial. (Please be aware oversize website header makes page appear blank; scroll down for content.)
Keep a Routine (Middle and High School)
Find a routine that works for you if/when your education may be online. Routines help create predictability and support mental health. Includes schedule outlines and an activity bank.
Student Self-Care Toolkit - (High School)
This self-care toolkit includes great information regarding managing stress, exercise, nutrition,
sleep, goal setting, and much more. This website is under revision. Don’t give up if not all links are active.
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION - CALMING AND RELAXATION STRATEGIES
Cartoon video explaining how to do the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise.
Complete a mindfulness activity called the Mindful Finger Maze while focusing on your breathing to help relax and calm your mind.
Meditation with all 5 senses (upper elementary through high school)
We all know our 5 senses, but do we use them all as a calming technique? This resource teaches you how to use your senses to calm yourself.
Mindfulness Breathing (grades 6-12)
Learn how to do the mindfulness breathing exercise called the Lazy 8 Breathing.
Mindful awareness is what gives us the ability to choose our behavior.
Simple mindfulness techniques to lessen the effects of stress - emotionally and physically.
Calm - app
App for sleep and meditation, reduce stress and anxiety
YoMind - app
Fusing yoga, mindfulness, and neuroscience education to optimize physical and mental health.
Headspace - app
This special collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises below are designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis.