Mental Health Support Services

The MCISD has developed a team to address the mental health issues in Monroe County schools and to promote positive mental health to support student success.  This team works directly with schools in the areas of crisis management and professional development.  The Mental Health Team provides assistance and direction when a crisis takes place at a school, connecting with local mental health agencies so that services can work efficiently to help families, staff, and students.  Additionally, the team provides ongoing trainings and professional development in areas such as: trauma, anxiety, self-care to promote employee wellness, youth mental health first aid, strategies for the classroom to reduce disruptions, mental health curriculum, and suicide prevention.  The Mental Health Team also serves on committees to help bridge the gap between home, school, and local agencies in the area of mental health. The development of the mental health team directly reinforces the work of supporting the whole child, whole school, and whole community to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.

The MCISD Mental Health Services Team are now Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainers. This training is for anyone who works with youth in or outside of the school setting.

PDF DocumentMCISD Mental Health Services Team

PDF DocumentMental Health Services Available to Local Districts


2022 AESA Conference Presentation

PDF DocumentAdventure Presentation

PDF DocumentSystem of Supports

Free Recorded Grief Webinars

External LinkChildren and Funerals in a Global Pandemic

External LinkThrough the Lenses of Grief

External LinkDefining Your Family Grief Values

External LinkUniversity of Michigan School for Public Health


PDF DocumentFamily Medical Parent Support Groups

External LinkAdditional Self-Care Resources Added to TRAILS

Monroe County TeleHealth Providers

PDF DocumentFamily Medical Center Urgent Care Using Telehealth

Promedica Outpatient Behavioral Health

Parent & Educator Social Emotional Resources

External LinkMichigan Cares

External LinkConfident Parents Confident Kids -- A site for parents actively supporting kids' social and emotional development

External Link  (Podcasts, students ages 4-6 but appropriate for older than 6. Families listen together and learn SEL together) Top 5 trending podcast currently.

PDF DocumentTRAILS - tips for supporting students

Google SheetParent Resources during COVID -19 Closure


Parent Resources

External Link (Parents and adolescence talking to support each other)

External LinkKeeping Safe and Well

Educator Resources


External LinkMDE Pandemic Return to School Toolkit: A focus on physical and mental well-being for educators and families

External LinkSecond Step COVID-19 Resources

Relaxation, Mindfullness & Stress Management Resources

External LinkCalm Mindfulness Calendar

External LinkAction for Happiness Calendar

MYSTRENGTH APP -- FREE for Monroe County residents who are 13 years old or older.  Please contact for the free access code.

Video Document

External Link (Mind Yeti- 15 free based mindfulness activities)

External LinkTake a Deep Breathe - Calm App


External LinkCASELCARES.ORG - CASEL offers a free, weekly webinar series every Friday on a variety of key topics related to SEL. They also continue to curate free SEL resources related to COVID-19 and school closures, designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children.

External LinkEducator's Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

External - Live Free Webinars

External LinkSecond Step SEL for Adults Resilience During Crisis Module *Free until 12/31/2020

External LinkThe Science of Well-Being: Offered by Yale

External LinkTrauma-Informed Resilient Schools for FREE:


Starr Commonwealth

Resetting for Resilience (2nd course after Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools) and Healing Trauma and Restoring Resilience in Schools that are 75% off with coupon in our store.

Please follow the steps below to grab your free course:

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Psychological First Aid

Online training at:

Each individual will need to make an account, but it is free and quick to do

Cost: $0

Time: 6 hours *Can start and stop with progress saved

It comes with the PFA Field Operations Guide and many other resources 

Post-test and Evaluation due at the end of course

Certificate is generated at the end of the course

  • 6 CE credits available through the National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the Board of Registered Nursing


External LinkCASEL SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook: A tool that supports systemic SEL

External LinkThe Grow Kinder Podcast: A social-emotional learning podcast featuring conversations with thought leaders in education, business, tech, and the arts who all have one thing in common: a dedication to growing kinder and helping others do the same.

External LinkKahoot!’s collection of social emotional learning quizzes


TRAILS Social Emotional Curriculum: Contact Margot Lechlak for more information


Youth Mental Health First Aid: Virtually

November 1st from 8:00-12:30pm

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General Education Social Work Meetings: (Held at MCISD & Virtual Option) 9:00-10:30am





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Mental Health Roundtables: (Held at MCISD & Virtual Option) 10:00-12:00pm




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Please contact your administrator prior to making this request. Please email Margot Lechlak, Mental Health Coordinator, ( if you are requesting assistance from the Monroe ISD Mental Heath Team regarding staff or student needs. We will respond to you within two business days. Thank you for contacting us.


PDF DocumentTrauma Informed Programs and Practices for Schools (TIPPS)

External LinkMonroe County Substance Abuse Coalition - KNOWMOREMONROE.COM

External LinkFree virtual 12-Step support meetings 

External LinkDrug and Alcohol Hotline

External LinkGreenhouse Center

Google SheetParent Resources during COVID -19 Closure

External LinkMonroe County Mental Health Resource Guide

PDF Document#IMatterWellnessGuide 

External LinkCreate Connections that Matter

External LinkTrails to Wellness

Family Counseling & Shelter Services Parent Support Group Fliers

PDF DocumentCurious About EMDR Therapy

PDF DocumentCouples Counseling

PDF DocumentHealing Together

Monroe County Mental Health Authority Crisis Line:  734-243-7340

External LinkCommunity Mental Health Authority; Monroe, MI

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text CTL to 741741

OK2SAY (School Bullying/Crisis/Violence): 855-565-2729

Mental Health Back to School Toolkit - for Parents, Students, Caregivers, and School Staff

Trauma-Informed School Practices 

Greetings from Oregon,

Brenda Morton from the College of Education and Anna Berardi from The Trauma Response Institute (TRI) at George Fox University would like to share with you our open access (no cost) textbook,  Trauma-Informed School Practices: Building Expertise to Transform Schools.

The target audience is all of us involved in k12 education — from board members to bus drivers, support staff to credentialing organizations, parents and the students themselves, administrators, teachers, and the universities that prepare them. 

The link above takes you to a PDF copy of the text, as well as additional download options to be available soon, including an ebook format, and an option to purchase a print copy through Lulu, a subsidiary of Amazon. We invite you to forward this email to colleagues who might benefit from this resource.

This textbook will be updated yearly. If you’d like to send us your comments for future consideration, please do so directly to Anna, Brenda, and Kimberley at the TRI. Our emails are listed below.

We hope this text serves all who work in k12 schools, undergraduate and graduate students preparing for teacher and/or administrator credentials, mental health professionals partnering with schools, and the professional associations, certification, and accreditation bodies that set standards for the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of k12 educators.