Trojan Mental Health Matters… East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) is here for you.

Welcome to our Trojan Mental Health Matters website. The ELPS community is aware that mental health challenges are prevalent in our every day lives, and strive to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and offer support and resources to our students, staff, and parents/guardians. Trojan Mental Health Matters emphasizes the importance of identifying resources and recognizes self-care as the foundation for addressing these challenges and supporting wellness. By offering students and their surrounding network with support and information, we strengthen individuals in our ELPS community by helping to develop coping mechanisms and strategies.

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What brings you here?

I am a student

Our students are our top priority here at ELPS. Trojan Mental Health Matters was created for you. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, stress, or a crisis, we can help.

I am a parent/guardian

While ELPS students are our main focus, sometimes parents need help too. We understand completely. Trojan Mental Health Matters can help you help your kids, or help yourself. We aim to help any and all in our community with their mental and emotional wellness.

I am a teacher

Navigating a classroom of students is a rewarding but sometimes exhausting process. This is why your mental and emotional health is just as important as our students’. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so let us help you replenish yours!

Our initiatives


Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) is a Michigan-based group with an aim to improve youth access to mental health services by working with school mental health professionals in effective practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Our most current TRAILS program allows students to check in with friends and classmates, hear how everyone is doing, hear how others are coping with COVID-19, and learn effective strategies for managing symptoms of stress, low-mood, or increased worry.


Stop the silence! Ok2Say is a text line for anyone to submit anonymous tips about criminal or harmful activities happening in or around schools. Bullying, criminal activity, and other harmful situations are not something we take lightly at ELPS. We want all our Trojans to feel confident and safe within our community. So, if you see or hear something that concerns you, please report it!

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

YMHFA helps people feel more comfortable starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. We utilize their courses for students and staff at East Lansing High School.

NAMI - Ending the Silence

As a partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Lansing, Ending the Silence consists of 50-minute classroom presentations given to ELHS students to help them understand the reality of living with a mental health condition. We teach them about the warning signs of mental health conditions, both for themselves and their friends. Our hope is to raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.

Second Step SEL

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) focuses on developing students’ tools to excel in and out of the classroom. Our easy-to-teach program teaches children how to make friends, manage their emotions, solve problems, and deal with peer pressure through age-appropriate games, activities, and media.

Informed Consent Disclaimer:

All information will be kept confidential except when there is reason to suspect the occurrence of child abuse or neglect, when there is a clear threat to do serious harm to self or others, or where a court intervenes under court order. ELPS staff are mandated reporters.