Be nice & Mental Health at ZPS

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Safe, Valued, & Loved is the guiding principle catchphrase that has long been associated with Zeeland Public Schools. Children deserve to feel and be safe, valued and loved in all that they do, and parents want to know their child is treated in such a manner while in the care of a school district.

To coincide with our values and beliefs, ZPS has become involved in the Be nice. campaign, an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. 

The be nice. campaign is a positive anti-bullying initiative designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide. The campaign strives to educate students and community members about how simply “being nice” is an effective way to promote a safe and civil environment within the school and community – The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.


Depression Information for Parents regarding students dealing with depression.

Symptoms of depression.  Spanish form.

Crisis Intervention information

Mayo Clinic Suicide Prevention video

13 Reasons Why: Tips for Viewing & Discussing New Netflix Series – JED

Youtube Video

Moving on from High School article

Please feel free to contact your school administrator if you have concerns about a student.  

24 hour help phone lines

Substance Abuse Information:

We have several articles that are helpful when you are concerned there may be a substance abuse problem.  Please use any one of the following links:

Hidden in Plain Site

Young Woman and Addiction

What’s a Family To Do

Peer Pressure and Underage Drinking

How to Support Your Child’s Recovery

Parents in the Dark                                                                                          1st ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMIT ON SUICIDE PREVENTION:                                    

A Brave New World for Parents                                                                       Student Summit Aims to Reduce Teen Suicide Numbers

It’s More Than Nature vs. Nature                                                                     Ottawa County Students Hold Summit for Suicide Prevention

Under the Influence of Parents                                                                                                         Video of Summit

Drugs and Sex                                                                                                                                

Drug Abuse and Mental Health Issues

Arrested Development 

8 Warning Signs Your Child Could Be Addicted

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If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, you can submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY.

Visit the OK 2 Say website for more information.


CALL 2-1-1

A Free Community Service

Dialing 2-1-1 is a simple way to 

connect people with human services.


COMMUNITY  RESOURCES                                                                                                              Helpful Videos

Ottawa County Community Mental Health                                                                                          I Had a Black Dog His Name was Depression
Bethany Christian Services                                                                                                                 Will….
Pine Rest Christian Hospital                                                                                                                Kally….

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance

Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance. Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.

Depression Toolkit

Depression Center – U of M