Mental Health and Wellness                      

When it comes to mental health, it is important to pay attention to how you are feeling and know when to reach out for help. If you are having a hard time managing daily life and coping with stress, it is a good idea to seek out more professional help. Mental health resources are listed below. 

If you or someone you know are experiencing emotional distress and in need of immediate crisis counseling, these crisis resources are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week:

ASK Teen Crisis Line 530-753-0797
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8275
Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

The Social Emotional Learning page has a multitude of activities and strategies to regulate and manage emotions.

Parenting During COVID-19

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.

10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration

Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Preventing Parent Burnout: Meeting the emotional challenges of caring for children with mental health issues

Mental Health Resources

What is a Mental Health Crisis? 

If your child is in crisis, and you cannot keep them safe, call 911.

If your child is in crisis, but can be safely transported by you, immediately take them to:

  • Sutter Davis Emergency Room (or nearest emergency room)
  • Yolo County Mental Health Urgent Care 855-897-2033 - 500 Jefferson Blvd West Sacramento. Open 7 days a week, 12pm - 9pm. Call first to  see if visits are via phone or in-person.
  • Kaiser ER Vacaville – Kaiser patients can call 707-624-2830 - Crisis intervention available to triage over phone/video

To access mental health services:

  • HMO/PPO Insurance (not Kaiser): contact Primary Care Doctor for referral to mental health
  • Kaiser Insurance: Call 707-624-2830 for an appointment - teletherapy currently available

Important Community Resources:

ASK Teen Line: (530) 753-0797

Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Prevention of Yolo County 530-756-5000

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-TALK (8255)

To learn more about depression, download the Parent Handbook for Childhood and Teen Depression

Empower Yolo – 530-662-1133 Provides 24/7 hour support to students and families impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking

Resilient Yolo - Building a trauma-informed community

Yolo Hospice, Stepping Stones - Local support program specifically designed to help children, teens and families cope with the death of a loved one.


Talking to your child about current events and other difficult topics

One of DJUSD’s goals is to ensure that all students feel safe and welcome in school. When students feel safe they are better able to learn and thrive.

We know that some students and families may experience a range of feelings and concerns as current events unfold. As adults, it is important that we model compassion and respect for all members of our community.

Yolo County Children's Alliance has an abundance of resource guides available in English, Spanish, and Russian.  Guides, including "Nurturing Children During Times of Stress: A Guide to Help Children Bloom," can be found here

Signs a Child Might Not Be Coping Well

If children don’t have a chance to practice healthy coping, a parent may see signs that they’re having difficulty adjusting. Some of things to look for are:

  • Sleep problems: Watch for trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, difficulty waking, nightmares, or other sleep disturbances.

  • Physical complaints: Children may complain of feeling tired, having a headache, or generally feeling unwell. You may notice your child eating too much or less than usual.

  • Changes in behavior: Look for signs of regressive behavior, including social regression, acting more immature, or becoming less patient and more demanding. A child who once separated easily from her parents may become clingy. Teens may begin or change current patterns of tobacco, alcohol, or substance use.

  • Emotional problems: Children may experience undue sadness, depression, anxiety, or fears.

If you notice that your student needs extra support in relation to certain topics in the news, or if any incidents of harassment are shared with you as a result of a current event, please notify the school immediately. On site counseling and assistance is available. 

If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's School Counselor or a DJUSD Manager of Prevention & Wellness at or

Suicide Prevention & Student Well-Being
Davis Joint Unified School District is committed to the health and well-being of all students. The district acknowledges that students learn best when their social and emotional health is tended to. With this in mind,  DJUSD offers both curriculum and on site school counseling and crisis support that promote student well-being and support suicide prevention.  

Each school site has professional student support teams that work collaboratively to ensure that social and emotional barriers to student learning are identified and addressed. If your student is experiencing distress or needs assistance with issues of well-being, please contact your child’s counselor or a site administrator.

Resources on youth well-being and suicide prevention can also be found below.

Be aware of the warning signs for suicide
How to help a grieving teen

Prevention & Wellness Services
Prevention & Wellness services support all school sites and students through staff development, curriculum, and policies related to mental health. Intensive intervention through direct student/family contact and staff consultation is also available for high risk situations and behavior such as suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, child abuse and neglect, and substance abuse.

All DJUSD staff members are trained to identify warning signs of child abuse and suicidal ideation. Protocols exist for reporting concerns to appropriate resources.

There are two staff members, Cara Messmore and Jennifer Mullin, who work as Managers of Prevention & Wellness. To reach out to a Manager of Prevention & Wellness email or  

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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 the appropriate staff member who will provide support for the student.  

Cara Messmore 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness

Jennifer Mullin 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness