Experts are predicting a mental health pandemic coming next, as students, parents, and school staff are starting to feel the impact of distance learning and social isolation. That’s why Governor Whitmer, Michigan Virtual, and Evolution Labs created Michigan Cares for all Michigan residents. The foundation for this amazing resource is Suite360, a robust, web and mobile program that delivers mental health and social emotional learning topics to students, parents, and school staff. Check out the program here.

The program focuses on a wide range of topics, from Covid-19 specific lessons to digital citizenship and anxiety/stress management.

“We have faced an unprecedented crisis over the past month and, in these uncertain times, having access to mental health resources is crucial,” said Governor Whitmer. “The Michigan Cares program will help students, parents, and educators across the state access the resources they need during this time. I’m proud to work with organizations who are stepping up to help Michiganders while we continue fighting Covid-19.”

Michigan Cares was developed in partnership between Evolution Labs and Michigan Virtual (the premier distance-learning provider in Michigan).

In the program, students are learning to cope with challenges they have never faced before, including feelings of isolation, despair, and social-distancing. Topics in the program are scaffolded by grade (K-12), and also include grade-specific content for parents, equipping them to better understand and manage the unique challenges their children are facing through and after the crisis. Topics for school staff provide tips and guidance on how to deliver social emotional learning and mental health content to students, hoping to mitigate the mental health and behavioral issues of students upon reentry in the fall.

Tracy Howe, Co-founder of Evolution Labs said “We are incredibly excited to be a part of Governor Whitmer’s Mental Health and SEL initiative. Suite360 is going to play a vital role in Michigan’s path to success by providing resources to all of those affected.”

About Evolution Labs

Evolution Labs improves student engagement and outcomes through its proprietary suite of tools for K-12 schools and districts, and colleges and universities. In K-12, the company’s Suite360 program delivers Social & Emotional Learning, Mental Health, and Restorative Programming to Students, with additional programs for Parents and Staff to better equip them to be the school/district’s ally. The Company’s S360 program helps K-12 Independent Schools drive enrollment and retention. In Higher Ed, the Company’s S360 program drives inquiries, applications, enrollment yield, and student wellness/success. The team at Evolution Labs has served the educational sector for over 20 years, working with thousands of schools and engaging millions of students.

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