Michigan Return To School Mental Health Toolkit
In the wake of COVID-19, this is an incredibly critical and challenging time as our education community steps into the 2020-2021 school year. The School Based Mental Health Providers Coalition and partners have created a Return to School Mental Health Toolkit to provide school community members and stakeholders effective tools and resources needed to help plan for the road back to the classroom.
The Return to School Toolkit provides both in-person and remote learning tools and resources, including guidance to help you safely bring students back to the classroom for in-person instruction. While much of the toolkit focuses on disease prevention, it also provides supports for school communities with being trauma-informed and in understanding student behavior, family engagement, how to best address mental health concerns, and includes several practical tools to foster resilience in students, families, and staff.
The Return to School Toolkit is a living resource; any changes in public health guidance recommendations will be updated to the resource as they occur.
Mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social–emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve as well. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life’s challenges. Left unmet, mental health problems are linked to costly negative outcomes such as academic and behavior problems, dropping out, and delinquency.
There is a growing and unmet need for mental health services for children and youth. According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children and adolescents experience a mental health problem during their school years. Examples include stress, anxiety, bullying, family problems, depression, a learning disability, and alcohol and substance abuse. Serious mental health problems, such as self-injurious behaviors and suicide, are on the rise, particularly among youth. Unfortunately, estimates of up to 60% of students do not receive the treatment they need due to stigma and lack of access to services. Of those who do get help, nearly two thirds do so only in school.
Below are suicide and crisis line numbers;
- Ozone House Crisis Line: 734-662-2222
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
For emergency treatment services, the county crisis line is available 24/7 at 734-544-3050 for assistance if needed.
Taking Care During the Holidays
The Lincoln Consolidated Schools staff are caring professionals who want to see our students thrive in their personal, educational, and life pursuits. We remain committed to providing a quality education in a safe environment and hope you find these resources helpful.
We wish you a peaceful and wonderful holiday break, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.