GIS Counselors Corner

Hello GIS families and students, I am one of the counselors here at GIS, along with Mr. Hervela.  We want you to know that during these uncertain times the GIS staff and us are here to support you.  We are attaching a link for a counseling referral form for virtual counseling with either myself or Mr. Hervela.  You will also find some additional resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns, we want to continue to be a support. The best way to reach us right now is through email, or  Please continue to check the counselors corner for more information on meeting our students social and emotional needs.


  • Financial/health insurance resources
  1. United Way (For general community resource inquiries): 2-1-1 or
  2. Health Department of Northwest Michigan: 989-732-6865 or 231-330-4693 

  3. Free or low cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age. Go to MIBridges at or call the MI Child and Healthy Kids number: 888.988.6300.   

  • Mental health services
  1. Blue Devil Wellness Center: 989 732-6890 or email
  2. 24 hour mental health crisis line: 1-877 470-4668 (North Country Community Mental - Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text HOME to 741741
  3. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  4. OK2SAY: - For medical or safety emergencies, families should continue to call 9-1-1.
  5. Michigan Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect toll-free hotline: 855-444-3911
  6. Gaylord Youth Support Program (Alcona Health therapist Rachael Wilhelm): 231-412-6457 or email
  • Social/emotional Resources 

  1. ​​​​​​​Trails to Wellness:

  2. Coronavirus Anxiety- Helpful Expert Tips and Resources:

  3. ​​​​​​​Parent Toolkit around social emotional health:

  4. Mindfulness Activities for Families (provided by MAISD Mindfulness trainers)

    Activities that teach coping skills that families can do together to increase healthy and safe conversations and feelings around the current state we are in right now. This will include printable handouts and links to free mindfulness activities, This will be updated with a new online folder each week that can be accessed by clicking on the link.

  5. Michigan Model for Health Family Resource Sheets on germs, stopping spread, and stress management (you will need to download)

  6. Coping Infographic: Helping Children Cope with Stress During COVID-19 Infographic

  7. HealthyHomes: Action for Healthy Kids-Healthy Activities to do at home. It includes ideas from nutrition to relaxation techniques, yoga, etc...

  8. Resilience: Sounds True - Resilience in Challenging Times. Free access to daily video sessions sharing practical guidance and empowering insights from our recent online summits.

  • Free webinars: addressing how to stay strong and centered with some of our most popular authors, including Michael Singer, Caroline Myss, and others

  1. Parent/Caregiver Webinar Series (April Dates):Caring for the Education Community During COVID-19: How Families Can Partner With Schools During Distance Learning" webinar, April 8, 1pm CST: This live, interactive session will provide parents and caregivers with concrete ways to connect and build relationships with educators during distance learning to support student health and academic success. Presented in partnership by Kaiser Permanente and Action for Healthy Kids.

  2. Caring for the Education Community During COVID-19: How Schools Can Partner With Families During Distance Learning" webinar, April 15, 1pm CST: This live, interactive session will provide educators with concrete ways for family engagement during distance learning to support student health and academic success. Presented in partnership by Kaiser Permanente and Action for Healthy Kids.

  3. Your Child's Brain: What's Going on in There? Building Resilience at Home and at School" virtual workshop, April 22, 3pm CST: This free virtual parent workshop will explore how our children’s brains work and think during their educational years and provide tips on how to help kids learn, build resiliency and keep the brain working most efficiently. Hosted by Action for Healthy Kids and Colorado PTA in partnership with Wellness Training Specialists.

  4. Every Kid Healthy Week, April 20-24: Participate at home! You can find activity ideas on our Every Kid Healthy Week resource page, in our Game On Activity Library, and in this curated list of at-home activities. Be sure to follow us on social media for activities, videos, and more ideas each day of Every Kid Healthy Week.