AAA would like to inform families of an important meeting, Wednesday, May 3, from 7-9 p.m., at the Kent ISD Education Center, addressing opioid awareness for parents. The educational forum for parents and guardians will focus on prevention of opioid addiction in our youth. Additionally, they will have a drug take back event starting at 6:30 p.m. to help families clean out their medicine cabinets. For additional information, click here, or visit Kent County Medical Society’s website: http://www.kcmsalliance.org/health-forum-opioid-awareness/
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.” This year’s series focused on technology and mental health and was called “Wired: Life With No Off Switch.” Currently there are no additional speaker events scheduled. For updated information, follow FHPS AAA on Facebook.
Ongoing Circle of Support
Although there are no speaker events planned at this time, AAA also coordinates Circle of Support. Circle of Support meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month to find support in other parents who are experiencing similar struggles with their children. Circle of Support meets at St. Robert’s Church (and is not affiliated with any religious organization), 6477 Ada Dr., Ada, in room #204 on the second floor. Take entrance “F.” Childcare is not available at this time. A school counselor leads the support group meetings. For more information, email: AAACOS.FHPS@gmail.com.
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.
- 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.
(If any of the following videos or links are not loading properly, if you need a video in an appropriate format, and/or if there’s something specific you’re looking for, please call our office, 616-493-8965.)
- “Bully Proofing Our Youth: Love Changes It All” with Jeff Veley, Monday, March 21, 2016
- Taking on Stress in Students: WOTV4 Interview
- “Life Happens : Navigate the Emotions of Change” — November 30th, 2015
- “Mindful Parenting” by April Hadley — March 9th, 2015
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.
August 25th, 2014: Resiliency – Developing Resiliency in our Students
March 26, 2013 : Substance Abuse – Drinking & Smoking & Drugs, Oh My! What You Thought You Knew
Glenn Nevelle, Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy, FHPS Liaison Officer
Anthony Muller, Director of Clinical Services, Wedgwood Christian Services
Glenn Nevelle video
Anthony Muller video
Q & A Session
September 9, 2013 : 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
November 6, 2013 : 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
February 6, 2013 : Stop Bullying: Speak Up!
David Jangda, MA, LLP, District Liaison for Behavioral Health
Q & A Session