Berkley Schools Emotional Support
& Wellness Resources
Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger
- 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK) or text “TALK” to 741741
- 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
- 24-hour Michigan Mental Health Hotline: 1-888-535-6136
- 24-hour New Oakland Family Centers Crisis Line: 877-800-1650
- 24-hour Oakland Community Health Network & Common Ground Emergency Assessment & Eligibility Helpline 800-231-1127
The following community resources are listed below.
- Early On Oakland
- Oakland County COVID-19 Resources
- MI Bridges
- Food Assistance
- Job Seekers, Unemployment & Legal Assistance
- Housing & Basic Needs
- Oakland Community Health Network
Oakland County knows that we are in this together, and help is always available. Please visit their website for resources related to food assistance, senior services, health, mental health, LGBTQ resources, household & utilities, legal, safety, and worker & business.
211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
You’ll find information about:
- supplemental food and nutrition programs
- shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
- emergency information and disaster relief
- employment and education opportunities
- services for veterans
- health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
- addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
- reentry help for ex-offenders
- support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
- a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse
Call 211 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential.
MI Bridges is a streamlined and dynamic application for multiple programs. It can help you access more than 30,000 state and local services across the state.
Watch the following video to learn more.
If you're in need of food assistance, the Forgotten Harvest "Find Food" section of their website is a great resource. Visit their website, type in your zip code and find locations with food distribution near you.
Michigan Meet Up & Eat Up Program - Free Food for Children 18 and Under
The USDA allocated funds to resume the summer food program. Meals are free and available for all children 18 and under in the community. Please see the details below for the Berkley Schools meal distribution, and if you have a need for food, please come see our Food Service staff.
Berkley Schools WEEKLY MEAL PICK-UP SCHEDULE
Weekly pick-up will take place at Berkley High School every Wednesday from 3:30-5 pm. Weekly pick-up will be available for all virtual students. There are no questions asked during this pick-up time. Families will receive both a breakfast and lunch meal per child per day, for seven days a week (Each family will receive 14 meals per child per week). All in-person students may pick up a breakfast pack at the time time.
Meals will contain all required food components, including milk. Breakfast food will be served cold and lunch will have food packed to be reheated/cooked as necessary and will contain reheating/cooking instructions. Meals will need to be stored in a freezer or refrigerator. Most meals will contain wheat and dairy. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergy concerns, please contact Food Service Director LaVon Larson prior to coming to pick up meals. Ms. Larson can be reached at 248-837-8122.
Apply for Free/Reduced Meals
While this food distribution program is free to all children, all parents are still encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced meal benefits, if you think you may qualify. Once this program ends, it will be important for the free/reduced application to be completed for the next food plan. If you qualified last year for free or reduced meals you must apply every year. Last year’s meal benefit status is effective for the first 30 days of school. To learn more about qualifications, please visit our Food Services webpage. The free and reduced meal applications are located in the MISTAR Back to School Packet and paper forms are available at the Anderson Middle School meal distribution location.
Please call the Food Service office at 248-837-8122 with any questions or concerns.
Job Seekers & Unemployment Assistance
- Oakland County Michigan Works! Offices - Find a location
- Unemployment Help - Oakland County
- Employers Who are Hiring - Oakland County
- Worker Relief Resources - Oakland County
- Lakeshore Legal Aid: Lakeshore Legal Aid is a not-for-profit law firm providing a range of free civil legal services to people who are low income, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.
- Self Help Legal Assistance - Oakland County
- OLHSA: OLHSA supports Oakland and Livingston County residents that are looking for aid in removing the burdens of poverty. OLHSA creates opportunities to be empowered and thrive in the community with individually tailored, wrap-around assistance for all individuals and families in need of help.
- Help Paying Rent, Mortgage or Utilities - Oakland County
- Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief - Oakland County
- Housing Counseling & Homeless Services - Oakland County
Low Cost Internet Options: If you are in need of low cost internet here are options for you to explore that offer assistance to families.
- Oakland Community Health Network: Directory of publicly funded substance use treatment and prevention programs
- Oakland Community Health Network website
Comprehensive Supports & Referrals for Outside Counseling/Support
Referrals for Outside Counseling/Support
Please understand this list is intended for you as a reference. It is not specifically recommending or endorsing any one particular person or agency.
- Perspectives of Troy (Child and adult services, individual and group therapy): 248-244-8644
- Oakland Family Services (Variety of services including child and adult services, chemical dependency treatment) Works on a sliding fee scale. Berkley: 248-544-4004
- Michigan Family Institute (Focuses on child and family therapy. Has great resources for parents) Southfield: 248-593-4784
- Relationship Institute (Focuses on the relationships in our lives and how to make them better, works with parents/children) Royal Oak: 248-546-0407
- Maple Clinic (Wide variety of child, adolescent, and adult services. Has psychiatrist on staff) 2075 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan 48084: 248-646-6659
- Murray Center: 29500 Southfield Rd Ste 100, Southfield, MI 48076. 248-765-1795, email the Murray Center
- Easter Seals (Adult and child services, access to county supports), Southfield office, (248) 483-7804
- Judson Center (Mental Health and Autism Support). Royal Oak: (248) 549-4339
- Wayne State School of Social Work Caregiver Helpline: counseling, resources and referrals to individuals caring for an older adult. This hotline service is free, completely confidential, and available 40 hours a week through December 30, 2020.
- Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) Clinic, 28595 Orchard Lake Road Ste. 200, Farmington Hills, MI: 248-553-0010
- Children’s Hospital of MI Department of Neurology, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI: 313-745-5785
- Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI: 800-436-7939
- Henry Ford West Bloomfield, 6777 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI: 800-436-7939
- Beaumont Pediatric Neurology Center, 3533 W. 13 Mile Rd., Ste. N120, Royal Oak, MI: 248-551-7370
- Beaumont Center for Human Development, Southfield: 248-691-4744
- Kauffman Center, West Bloomfield: 248-737-3430
- Kids Empowered, Troy: 248-757-0912 or email Kids Empowered
- Perspectives of Troy: 248-244-8644
Emergency Mental Health/Suicide Evaluations for Children and Adults
- Common Ground Sanctuary: Resource and Crisis Center 248-451-2600
- Oakland Family Services: Berkley, 248-858-7766
- New Oakland Crisis Team: 248-855-1540
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Birmingham, MI: 248-988-6716
- Kamp Kangaroo: Hospice of Michigan
- Perspectives of Troy (adult and youth grief services): 248-244-8644
- Sandcastles: Henry Ford (pediatric and adult support)
- Gilda’s Club, Royal Oak
Things to consider when selecting a mental health provider
- Payment method. Do they accept your insurance? If not, call your insurance company. At times, if your primary care doctor makes a referral in writing, insurance will often cover some if not all of the cost (minus the deductible). Also, many places are waiving deductibles for teletherapy for the remainder of 2020. Check with your insurance company.
- What is the wait time for an appointment?
- If your child is the client, what kind of input/communication will you as the parent have with the therapist? Will there be a joint session?
- Is there a psychiatrist on staff if medication is deemed necessary and agreed upon as the best course of treatment?
- Remember, it takes time to build a relationship and trust with someone. Therapists need to ask tough questions.
COVID-19 Resources & Stories for Children
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, especially children who have had their normal routines, stability and resources changed and/or reduced. The resources below are availble to help parents and guardians talk to their children about the global pandemic.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 | COVID-19 (health orders, dashboard, case map, testing locations, translated resources, etc.)
- FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program - reimbursing for funeral costs related to COVID-19 death
- K-12 Education Toolkit - Oakland County
- CDC: Talking to Children about Coronavirus
- PBS (Daniel Tiger): How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus Crisis
- Social Narrative: Staying Safe from the Virus
- Social Narrative: Learning from Home
- Social Narrative: Video-Learning Etiquette
- When Virona the Corona came to Town
- A Little Spot Wears a Mask By Diane Alber
- Coping During COVID: How to Support LBGTQ+ Youth
- All Children - All Families: COVID-19 & LGBTQ Clients
Calming & Self Care Strategies
The following resources can be used to find calm in your or your child's life. We encourage you to explore all options listed below.
- District-wide Calm Room
- Bubble Wrap
- Calming music for kids
- Yoga for Kids
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Nature Sounds
- Relaxing Music and Underwater Scenes
- Guided Meditations and Scripts from UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
- Progress Muscle Relaxation - a stress reduction technique
- Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises from Dr. Kristen Neff
- Square Breathing for Stress Reduction
- The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley
- Mood Meter Tool
- 7 Guided Meditations for Beginners (Videos)
- Resource on Zones of Regulation and Self-Control Strategies for kids
- Guided Relaxation Meditation Scripts for kids
- Trauma Informed Mindfulness Practices to Support Children in Times of Crisis
- Feelings Thermometer
Explore the resources below to add mindfulness practices into your daily routine.
Getting started with mindfulness - Mindful
Mindfulness Moments & Meditation
- Mindful Moments with JusTme: Using Breath as Anchor
- Mindful Moments with JusTme: Balanced Breath
- Mindful Moments with JusTme: Mindful Listening
- Mindful Moments with JusTme: Kindness for Self & Others
- Mindful Moments with JusTme Body Scan
- Mindful Moments with JusTme: Clench & Release
- Mindfulness Bell - A 5 Minute Meditation
- Two Wings to fly - Mindfulness and Compassion
- A Moment of Peace
- Sleep - A Bedtime Story
Anxiety & Resilience
Practicing resiliency and managing anxiety is important for mental wellness. The resources below are good for students of all ages.
Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress: Coping tips and fitness tips to manage anxiety
Helping Children During a Crisis
- Teaching Tolerance: Student Tasks - Do Something ( 30 tasks based on grade bands that teachers can have students do to process trauma, violence, and social justice)
- Student Processing Guide (Processing the Events in Washington, DC)
- How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
- An Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary
- Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers, from the National Association of School Psychologists
- How to Talk to Your Child About the News, from Kids Health
Racism, Inclusiveness and Diversity
The following is an excerpt from a message Superintendent Dennis McDavid sent to the community on June 2, 2020.
Our ideal as a nation, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is that everyone has a chance to succeed, that everyone is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” When we fall short of that ideal for one citizen we fall short of it for all of us. As a District we will continue to strive toward that “more perfect union.”
We ask our community to join us in continuing to lift and support all of our students and denounce hate and hateful behavior. We will continue to learn, continue to model love for all our students and continue to focus on our implicit bias so we can be better for all our students every day. It is incumbent on all of us to continue to create the community we want for all of our children.
Below are some resources for you to use in talking with your children and others about racism, diversity and inclusion.
- American Psychological Association: Resources for Parents, Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race
- Teaching Tolerance: Race and Identity
- Race Conscious: Raising Race Conscious Children
- Embrace Race
- How to talk to your children about protests and racism - CNN
- Sesame Street: How to be an Upstander Song
- Sesame Street: Racism Episode Part 1
- Sesame Street: What is Racism
- Sesame Street: Town Hall on Racism-June 2020
- Sesame Street: Power of We
- Talking to kids about racism in the media - Dr. Kira Banks on YouTube
- The Surprising Benefits Your Kids Get from Playing Board Games
- The 14-Day Family Bonding Challenge
- List of 98 Kid-Approved Indoor Activities for Kids on School Break/Closure
- Printable Indoor Family Night Scavenger Hunt Cards
- Self-Critical and Perfectionist Child | Raise Confident Child (How to Help Kids who are too hard on Themselves)
- Will My Child Bounce Back From the Coronavirus Crisis?
- Coping With Social Anxiety During Social Distancing
- Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
- Self-Care for Caregivers During Coronavirus
- Self Care for Parents | Coronavirus Resources for Families
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child (for Parents) - Nemours
- Parental Self-Care — Importance of Caring for Yourself
- K-2: Tips for Supporting Learning at Home
- Grades 3-6: Tips for Supporting Learning at Home
- Grades 7-9: Tips for Supporting Learning at Home
- Grades 10-12: Tips for Supporting Learning at Home
- Anxiety Resources (resources and information on anxiety in children)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Calming Anxiety (for Parents) - Nemours KidsHealth
Resources & Toolkits
- Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit
- Some Considerations When Working with LGBT Students of Color
- LGBTQ+ Bullying: Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ+ Community
- I Think I Might Be.. Resources by Advocates for Youth: These resources are written by LGBTQ young people, and provide answers for young people thinking about their sexual orientation and young people who find that the gender they were assigned at birth does not fit them.
- Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Toolkit: Advocates for Youth
- The Genderbread Person - Printable
Organizations to Support LGBTQ Youth
- CenterLink Founded with the mission to build sustainable LGBTQ community centers, this organization now has over 200 locations in 46 states and five countries. Aside from strengthening local LGBTQ communities, the organization also provides networking, technical assistance and training, and capacity building services.
- GLAAD With a national focus on leading conversations about equality for the LGBTQ community and informing the media narrative, this organization works with news and entertainment media of all formats and communications and digital strategy outlets to ensure the public is provided with powerful stories about the LGBTQ community that advocates for greater equality.
- Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association With an international reach, GLISA brings together international sports federations, human rights organizations, associations representing sport teams, clubs from major regions, and other stakeholders to facilitate partnerships for building bridges between sports and the LGBTQ community.
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network GLSEN’s mission is simple: to ensure every member of school communities feel respected, regardless of their sexual orientation. This is accomplished through educating teachers, students and the public about the common pressures faced by LGBTQ students and working to remove barriers to success.
- Get Equal GE focuses on equipping the LGBTQ community and their allies to fight against inequalities and to push for progressive change. Whether organizing direct action efforts, hosting local community meetings, training members in tactics of direct action or providing professional consulting, the organization is committed to continuously fighting for equality.
- Human Rights Campaign HRC is the largest organization fighting for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The organization currently has over 1.5 million members, all focused on making true equality for all possible. The organization has a number of research publications outlining equality indexes on areas such as healthcare, employers, states and corporations.
- Matthew Shepard Foundation By erasing hate and building compassionate and accepting communities, the Matthew Shepard Foundation hopes to empower LGBTQ individuals to challenge and address discriminatory behavior in their schools, neighborhoods and homes.
- National Center for Transgender Equality Identifying as America’s premier social justice advocacy organization for transgender individuals, NCTE works at the federal, state and local levels to leverage political capital and change laws encouraging discriminatory behavior. The organization has a particularly helpful “Know Your Rights” section of their website with information on housing, healthcare, employment, and more.
- National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Since 1973, NGLTF has focused on building the political capital of the LGBTQ community through activist training, advancing pro-LGBT legislation and raising the profile of LGBTQ interests and causes. The organization is also an excellent resource for learning about the beliefs and platforms of those running for public office in regards to LGBTQ interests.
- PFLAG Through support, education and advocacy efforts, PFLAG seeks to unite the LGBTQ community with friends, families and allies. By doing so, the organization hopes to further equality efforts and lessen discriminatory practices. Currently, there are more than 350 chapters and over 200,000 members.
- TransYouth Family Allies TYFA is focused on supporting children and families to create support systems offering encouragement and acceptance regardless of sexual orientation. Main areas of work include educating the public about discrimination, working to eliminate oppression and violence, and forming alliances to ensure support services are in place for LGBTQ individuals. The organization has a number of outreach initiatives and resources to accomplish this mission.
- The Attic Youth Center This Philadelphia-based organization is an excellent example of how LGBTQ youth centers can empower and inspire local teens that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Some of the services offered include life skills, mental health counseling, supportive programs, community engagement, and social activities. AYC also provides a number of resources at both the local and national level.
- Genders & Sexualities Alliance GSAs are student run clubs operating in both high school and middle schools that provide support, socialization, and activism activities for LGBTQ youth. The overarching goal is to fight against homophobia and transphobia; providing leadership and activist training for group members and encouraging them to advocate for nondiscriminatory policies and greater equality accomplishes this.
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth and Student Organization IGLYO is an internationally focused advocacy and activism organization focused on representing the interests of LGBTQ youth. To accomplish this mission, the organization hosts conferences, provides educational materials, and offers the general public many opportunities to get involved.
- It Gets Better Project The mission of the IGB Project is to give LGBT youth across the world hope that things do get better. In response to raised incidents of students committing suicide after being bullied in school, syndicated columnist Dan Savage created the organization to provide both inspiration and resources, including pledges and educational videos.
- The Trevor Project With suicide rates noticeably higher among LGBTQ youth than their straight peers, the mission of The Trevor Project is incredibly important. By providing a 24/7-crisis intervention service, online community, and educational programs, the organization seeks to be both life saving and life-affirming.
- YouthPride Since 2009, this organization has prevented 151 LGBTQ youth suicides through innovative programming and excellent resources. Whether offering daily after school activities or support and discussion groups, the Atlanta-based organization engages youth and empowers them to advocate for themselves. The organization also provides counseling and free HIV testing.
- Affirmations in Ferndale, MI. Affirmations LGBTQ+ community center has been the hub for southeast Michigan LGBTQ+ communities and it’s allies for the last 30 years. It provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can learn, grow, socialize and access the vital support they need.
Keeping Kids Safe Online
Below are some resources to keep your child safe online:
- 5 ways to help keep your child’s online experiences positive and safe
- US Department of Justice: Keeping children safe online
- 10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use - Family Education
Below are three apps to monitor your child’s digital world:
- T-Mobile Digits (Free) – Monitor your child’s text messages
- Google Family Link (Free) – Set limits on your child’s digital world
- Bark.us (Cost) – Professional dashboard to manage your child’s world digital world