Mental Health and Wellness                      

Happy New (School) Year!

DJUSD staff are excited and prepared to welcome back students to a new school year. School Counselors are particularly eager to assist students as they continue to adapt and cope with challenges of living through a pandemic. Some students may find they need some additional mental health support during this time. Reach out to your site’s counselor for support.

Care Solace

Additionally, DJUSD will continue the partnership with Care Solace to support our community’s well-being. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by DJUSD. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

Care Solace provides:

  • Navigation help available in any language 24/7/365 by phone, email, text, or video chat 
  • A dedicated Care Companion, who will support you through the whole process, calling providers on your behalf to determine a fit and availability
  • Help finding in-person, online, or teletherapy optionSupport with private insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance
  • Confidential care coordination services at no cost to you or your family 

If you would like to use Care Solace to help find a provider: 

Call 888-515-0595 anytime for personalized help

Visit  and either search on your own , OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone. 

Please note, Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273- 8255.


Parenting Resources

We all want Yolo children and youth to be safe, but it’s sometimes hard to know how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Strong Families Yolo is a new 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.
Whatever our role in the community – friend, educator, business owner, parent, person of faith – there are ways we can support children and families in Yolo County. The website also has resources for parents and youth. There are resources and ideas for everyone! 

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

Stop Breathe Think

100 Coping Strategies
Deep Breathing for Kids

Calming Anxiety - Coping Skills

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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

Annette Preciado
Prevention & Crisis Manager

Camica Edwards
Foster/Homeless Liaison