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Resources for Teachers and Students

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Linked below are several resources educators can use to strengthen their mental resilience and help students reach their full potential.

Educator Wellness Journal Prompts

Educators “Self-care in the moment” tip sheet

Connecting the Dots

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Many Michigan educators embrace the whole-child approach to teaching. In this 3-part recorded webinar, presenter Eric VanBuskirk discusses the broader “whole child, whole school, whole community” framework to provide interconnecting systems of support for students—especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will learn:

  • How to identify resources, including behavioral health support, to help students and families lacking basic needs.
  • How to create documentation and processes to track student support systems.
  • Why it’s critical to share resource information within your school and community.

Connecting the Dots, Part 1

Connecting the Dots, Part 2

Connecting the Dots, Part 3

Downloadable resources mentioned in the Connecting the Dots series:

Student Support Referral Form Example

Community Resources Quick Guide Example

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Challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed teachers and school staff to their professional limits in the past two years. Educators across the state questioned their chosen careers (“Is it worth it?”) and many resigned.

For those still striving to teach and nurture Michigan’s youth, we offer this series of recorded webinars hosted by Stay Well outreach specialist Matt Rose.

Beyond Burnout: Mental wellness and resources

Pandemic Flux: The emotional impact of a continuing pandemic and how we can cope

Thriving Despite Trauma

Supporting Staff: How leadership can support and address burnout

Improving Wellness: Practices to alleviate burnout

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many teenagers watched their friends struggle with mental health challenges. This webinar, presented by Stay Well Outreach Specialist Chardae Korhonen, is for teens who want to know how to help their struggling friends, and also how to improve their own mental wellness. You will learn:

  • How to recognize when someone needs help
  • What a panic attack looks and feels like
  • How anxiety can change people’s behavior
  • The best ways to offer support
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for keeping yourself emotionally healthy

Watch the recording here.

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These audio recordings by Stay Well outreach specialist Chardae Korhonen provide guidance for building moments of mindfulness into your day.

  1. Begin the day with intention.
  2. Pause for a midday reset.
  3. End the day with gratitude.

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What can you do to slow down a racing mind… calm feelings of panic... or stop a barrage of negative thoughts? Try taking a pause – and bringing yourself into the present moment.

T.A.P. (Take a Pause) is a collection of brief videos in which Stay Well outreach specialist Chardae Korhonen demonstrates mindfulness exercises you can do whenever you need to restore calm and focus.

Click on the title of the video to watch it:

Series Introduction

Guided Meditation

Body Scan

Mindful Eating

Grounding Exercise


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Teachers: download the Summer Wellness for School Staff packet when school gets out for the summer, to keep your mental health top of mind!

Helping Students Thrive Series

A 3-part webinar series for K-12 educators/staff

Teachers and school staff throughout Michigan are witnessing how the COVID-19 pandemic has emotionally impacted students. It's caused changes in attitudes, behaviors, and attention spans -- challenging educators and, in some cases, disrupting learning.

In the recordings below, Stay Well outreach specialist Stephanie Schweda provides educators and other staff with practical tools for helping students develop the social and emotional skills to cope.


Relaxation and mindfulness

Control: noticing and managing thoughts

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In this series of brief Stay Well videos, presenter Chardae Korhonen provides education and guidance to help you navigate tough times. You’ll gain an understanding of secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue; learn about the benefits of mindfulness and gratitude; explore self-care through setting healthy boundaries; and discover how a healthy sleep routine can improve wellness.

Prioritizing Wellness: Establishing a Collective Understanding

Prioritizing Wellness: Self-Care and Boundary Setting

Prioritizing Wellness: Cultivating Joy Through Mindfulness and Gratitude

Prioritizing Wellness: Sleep Hygiene


Does it sometimes feel like the pandemic has drained the joy from your life?  The Stay Well program presents a collection of animated videos exploring ways to move beyond pandemic struggles and reclaim personal joy.

After viewing, download our Points for Reflection and Discussion, useful for classroom/group discussions or individual reflection.

Episode 1: Positive Psychology
How can we begin to see the world with more optimism?

Episode 2: It's OK to not be OK (for now!)
Not feeling great? It may be pandemic flux syndrome.

Episode 3:  Joyful Activities
Explore activities that help to promote everyday joy.

Episode 4:  How do we heal?
We can't change COVID or our current situation, but we can find our way to healing.

Episode 5: Can boundaries help create joy?
Creating and maintaining boundaries can make room for joy.

Episode 6: Gratitude and Joy
The amazing relationship between grateful living and joyful feelings.

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Studies show the COVID-19 pandemic has left many young people struggling with serious emotional distress. Do you know a teenager exhibiting dark moods, ongoing anxiety, or uncharacteristic new habits? Watch this recorded webinar from presenter Chardae Korhonen and learn how to:

  • Recognize signs of distress in teens
  • Provide positive support
  • Talk to the teen about mental health
  • Lead by example by managing your own wellness

Watch the recording here.

Download the worksheet: Supporting Teens Mental Wellness.

Psychological First Aid

Michigan schools dealt with a variety of student emotions and behaviors during the pandemic. If you're a teacher or other school staff member looking to better support students, learn about Psychological First Aid (PFA). It's an evidence-informed behavioral health intervention presented in this video by Stay Well outreach specialist Stephanie Schweda.

Watch the recorded video.

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Learning to live with grief and loss is a painful process—and while it may differ from one individual to another, it helps to understand the normal feelings we all experience.

In this workshop series, Stay Well outreach specialist Zeinab Moussa discusses the emotions experienced by those who are grieving and offers healthy ways to cope. 

Session 1: Shock and Denial

Session 2: Anger

Session 3: Depression

Session 4: Acceptance and Healing

Download the accompanying Coping with Grief and Loss Workbook.