Mental Health and Wellness

As summer comes to a close and school begins again, it’s an important time to check in with your wellness routines. When the busyness of Back To School hits, it is easy to forget about self-care. We are here to remind you to take care of yourself during these times!

Here are some ways to incorporate wellness into your Back-to-School routine:

1. Find time for deep breathing throughout the day.

Deep breathing can reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression. Try taking deep breaths after washing your hands, walking up or down stairs, or before you enter a room. All it takes is 5 seconds to recenter yourself and support your well-being.

2. Get fresh air and natural sunlight.

We all know the fluorescent lights that dominate classrooms and schools. It’s important to balance out this artificial light with natural sunlight and fresh air. Try rolling down the windows on your commute, enjoy your cup of coffee outside or simply open a window to let in the natural light and fresh air.

3. Build gratitude lists.

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. When you’re driving to work or washing your hands, think about 3 things you’re grateful for. This can be the exact boost you need for your day!

4. Familiarize yourself with mental health resources such as Care Solace.

Davis Joint Unified School District has partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff and their family members. Care Solace is a free and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health providers.

If you would like to use Care Solace:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
We hope the above tools are helpful as you transition back to school. It doesn’t take much to invest in your wellness - it just takes intention and the willingness to put in the time and effort. Just a few seconds of wellness a day adds up. Happy National Wellness Month and welcome back to school!
Parenting Resources

Strong Families Yolo is a website created by Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) as a project of the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) that encourages everyone to play a part in caring for Yolo children and strengthening Yolo families.

Yolo County Children's Alliance Parent Education Guides

Four Ways to Support Teens' Social Emotional Development

10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Giant List of Regulating Activities for Children.pdf


Belly Breathing for Kids

Belly Breathing Sesame Street

Just Breathe
Yoga class
6 Mindfulness Activities You Can Do As a Family 

(English) (Spanish)
7 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids and Families

(English) (Spanish)
Mindfulness Exercises (English) (Spanish)

Guided Meditations - in English and Spanish
Mindfulness for Teens

100 Free Social Emotional Learning Tools

Emotional Regulation

Red Light, Green Light (English version)

Red Light, Green Light (Spanish version)

Freeze Dance Game (English version)

Freeze Dance Game (Spanish version)
Feelings of Control (English)(Spanish)

Coping Skills Worksheet (English) (Spanish)
The Helpful Counselor - 18 coping skills & activities

Positive and Negative Self Talk 

Deep Breathing for Kids

Calming Anxiety - Coping Skills

Mental Health Resources
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Social Emotional Support Form

If you are worried about a student’s social emotional well-being or mental health fill out this form and a referral will be sent to a school counselor or another staff member who will provide support for the student.  

Cara Messmore 
Director of Student Support Services
[email protected]

Annette Preciado
Prevention & Crisis Manager
[email protected]

Camica Edwards
Foster/Homeless Liaison
[email protected]