Mental Health and Wellness

September is a time when individuals and organizations around the country and the world join their voices to broadcast the message that everyone can take action for suicide prevention and to remember loved ones lost to suicide. Suicide affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Although every story is different, and the problem of suicide is complex, there are three powerful ways everyone can take action for suicide prevention:
Know the Signs, Find the Words, and Reach Out

  • Know the Signs of suicide. Pain isn’t always obvious. Yet most people who are considering suicide show some warning signs or signals of their intentions. The signs or changes in behavior may appear in conversations, through their actions, or in social media posts. Youth warning signs, LGBTQI+ warning signs, and risk & protective factors
  • Find the Words when you are concerned about someone. Ask them: "are you thinking about suicide?" The words can be difficult to say but being direct lets the person know that you care and want to help.  Asking about suicide will not suggest the idea to them if they aren’t already thinking about it. Listening, expressing concern, and providing reassurance will go a long way in your effort to support them.   
  • Reach Out - You are not alone. Dial 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at any time for assistance or call 911 for life threatening emergencies. You can also go to the DJUSD Mental Health Resources webpage for more support resources.

Recognizing when people in our lives are struggling with emotional pain and helping them feel comfortable to talk about it can help prevent mental health crisis, including suicide.

Davis Joint Unified School District believes that your mental health and well-being is a vital part to your success at our school. With this in mind, we have partnered with Care Solace to provide an extra layer of support to our entire community.
Davis Joint Unified School District students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs, regardless of circumstances. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit  and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

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]