Mental Health and Wellness                      

This time of year is often filled with family traditions and celebrations. We are more deliberate in taking time to reflect and express appreciation for those we care for. With the impact of COVID-19, our routines have been disrupted and traditions may be canceled or in need of reimagining. For many, this time of year surfaces increased challenges that impact mental health. Some feel more depressed or anxious during the holidays for a myriad of reasons even without the added layer of a pandemic. As adults, we can struggle with unmet expectations, not enough time to accomplish everything, or additional financial burdens and may now also experience sadness around the loss of traditions or family connection. Children, too, can struggle during this time. If your child is showing signs of the “blues” or more significant mental health concerns, be sure to address this and allow your child to express themselves.
For more support, reach out to a school counselor or access mental health services in our community. As a family, find ways to lower the stress of the season and any feelings of loss you are experiencing. Step outside together and breathe in the crisp air. Create new traditions if old ones create more worry than they’re worth.  For additional tips and information about how to care for yourself and your family through this pandemic and the  holiday season, please see the following links:

Find Your Words

How to Help Kids Handle Holiday Disappointment During COVID-19

How to Cope with Extra Stress During 2020 Holiday Season

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping

Mental Health Crisis Resources

Parenting Articles and Podcasts

Coping with Stress  During the COVID-19 Pandemic - English

Coping with Stress  During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Spanish

Teens in Lockdown - you won't regret finding 45 minutes to listen to Tara Parker-Pope, NYT Well Section Founding Editor, interview Dr Lisa Damour (Davis Parent University speaker) about ways to help young people manage stress and anxiety during this uncertain time.

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

Mindfulness

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 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness
cmessmore@djusd.net

Jennifer Mullin 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness 
jmullin@djusd.net