Message from Supt. - Mental Health Resources

Message from Superintendent - Mental Health Resources
Posted on 04/29/2022

Dear MAPS Families,

 

In light of recent events, please know that Marquette Area Public Schools is dedicated to leveraging every possible means to support the mental health needs of our students.  Our staff has been trained in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Crisis prevention, De-escalation, Social and Emotional Learning, and a variety of other related skills intended to help students cope with the ever-changing and complex challenges of these formative years in their lives.  Every building and level includes programming designed to address the individual and collective needs of our kids.

 

At MAPS there are many supports in place and also more forthcoming.  These include full-time counselors at every level, social and emotional learning programming at our elementary/middle/high schools, student and staff wellness screeners, suicide prevention education, mindfulness and resiliency skill building, a variety of support groups, school psychologists and social workers throughout our district, and a partnership with the Marquette Police Department which provides MAPS both a detective and police officer during the school day.  Furthermore, MAPS is in the process of hiring a second district-wide social worker and has partnered with MARESA and the Marquette County Health Department to write grants which would add full-time social workers at our middle school and Marquette Alternative High School.  MAPS is also in the process of implementing a more robust Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS); an initiative which includes training, programming, and systemic changes designed to support students' academic, social, and emotional growth.

 

We know that many of these supports are limited to the school day/year.  However, your child’s safety and wellbeing are our top priority twenty-four hours a day.  If you have questions or need additional resources at home, please consider the following:

 

Dial Help (Community Support and Outreach Center):  1-800-562-7622 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Ok2Say Hotline information:  1-855-565-2729

Pathways Community Mental Health:  (906) 225-1181

Great Lakes Recovery Centers:  (906) 228-6545

 

If your child is experiencing any anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts, please have them speak to a trusted adult.  Our administrators, school counselors, teachers, school police officers, and support staff are here to help your children in every way possible.  If you or a loved one is in crisis, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.  The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Please know that our community’s outpouring of support is a primary reason why we believe we will weather this difficult time.  We are grateful for the many individuals and organizations who’ve reached out to MAPS offering support.  It is through the partnership between MAPS and many caring professionals, parents and community members that we can have a united front as we address the mental health needs of Marquette area youth.  

 

Below you will find some additional resources about this topic.

 

Sincerely,

 

Zack Sedgwick, MAPS Superintendent

 

 

Additional Resources:

Tips for Talking to Students About Death 

The Dougy Center is an authority on children and grief:  https://www.dougy.org/

My Michael's Place:  https://www.mymichaelsplace.net/

Marquette County Cares (MC2)

Suicide Safety: Precautions at Home (aacap.org)