The Forest Hills Public School District is committed to helping every child achieve, and we have a team of professionals working hard to address all areas of a child’s mental health and well-being. Approximately five years ago, the district created a team of volunteers known as AAA. This team is dedicated to the Awareness, Acceptance, and Advocacy of Mental Health. They work with school counselors and health care specialists throughout the district and West Michigan to eliminate the stigma surrounding common needs that many families have around mental illness, and educate families on topics affecting youth today. Every year, the AAA team puts together a speaker series of topics, called “Our Kids’ Well-Being Speaker Series.”
For updated information, follow FHPS AAA on Facebook.
Additional AAA Resources
- Click here for a list of online resources families can use to obtain additional information about technology, internet safety, and more.
- Here’s a quick resource created in partnership with the school counselor at Ada Elementary School regarding Child Safety Tips for Technology.
- The Child and Family Resource Council publishes a Family Resource Guide to community services for children and families in Kent County. To download this guide, please visit the Family Resource Guide website.
- Network 180: Sibshops. Siblings of special needs may feel forgotten or unimportant. These Sibshops help the siblings feel heard, accepted, understood, as well as feeling they are not alone.
- Pine Rest Urgent Care: The new center is OPEN and will serve adults ages 18 to 65, but if the concept is successful, the service could expand. The Psychiatric Urgent Care Center is expected to reduce wait times for psychiatric assessments and will provide clinical services in a calm environment for those experiencing psychiatric symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, disturbing thoughts, acute grief reactions, trouble managing daily activities and substance abuse disorders.
- The AAA Team (Awareness, Acceptance, and Advocacy of Mental Health) has put together a brochure titled Resources for Mental Health and Wellness. Click here for the brochure.
- Follow the AAA Team on Facebook for recent articles, helpful hints, useful links, upcoming events and more information.
The district and groups such as the AAA Team (Awareness, Acceptance, and Advocacy of Mental Health) have been working hard to eliminate stigma surrounding common needs that many families have around mental illness. If you need further assistance with your child, we encourage you to contact your child’s school counselor.
- “Life in Balance: Loving Yourself As You Are”
- “Out of Whack…Putting Life in Balance”
- “Kids Under the Influence: Hidden Impact of Screen Time and Social Media”
- Movie screening and discussion: “Angst”
- “If at First You Don’t Succeed, That’s O.K.”
- “Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age”
- “Bully Proofing Our Youth: Love Changes It All” with Jeff Veley
- “Life Happens : Navigate the Emotions of Change”
- “Mindful Parenting” by April Hadley
From Honor Roll to At-Risk, Our Kids Matter; Speak to the Heart of Your Teen
Thanks to a generous grant from the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation, the AAA Committee brought in Jeff Yalden, an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker to continue the conversation and discussion surrounding mental health. Jeff spoke to all three high schools and then was the featured speaker during a community event for parents and families. His message was dynamic, motivating, and powerful, and helped parents connect with ways to “Speak to the Heart of Your Teen.” Real humor. Real stories. Real emotions. Real awakenings. In a powerful “PG13 message,” Jeff’s community event is featured below.
Resiliency – Developing Resiliency in our Students
Substance Abuse – Drinking & Smoking & Drugs, Oh My! What You Thought You Knew
Suicide Prevention – The Many Faces of Depression: A Personal Story
You will hear a personal story of a FHPS graduate regarding his journey through depression to hope and healing.
Christy Buck, President, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
Vanessa Hogart, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Q & A Session
Impact of Social Media
Please click here for additional resources that were available at the November 6 Impact of Social Media event at the Fine Arts Center
Brandon Basshem, LSMW Forest View Hospital
Trooper Martin Miller: Social Media Issues from a Law-Enforcement Perspective
Judy Bouley, Counselor, Central Woodlands 5/6 School
Q & A Session