Mental Health and Wellness                      

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to break the stigma around mental health and encourage people to seek help. After all, mental health affects us all.

Perhaps you’re having trouble focusing or sleeping. Maybe you’re experiencing significant life changes and the stress that comes with it. Maybe it’s difficult to manage your feelings or perhaps you’re avoiding your feelings entirely. Mental health looks different for everyone and these are just a few signs that your mental health may need attention.

We highly encourage anyone who needs help to seek help. Here are helpful tips from Mental Health America to get started:

  • Start with a text. Opening up about your struggles can be difficult and sometimes it’s easier to start with a text to connect with someone you trust.
  • Share what you’re managing and ask if they have the time and capacity to support you.
  •  Use conversation starters. If you’re unsure what to say, click here for a template on how to start the conversation or support a friend in need.

Also, if you need assistance finding a mental health care provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential mental health care coordination service provided by Davis Joint Unified School District:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/djusd and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Care Solace will ask you a few questions to get started and then they will navigate the mental health care system on your behalf and find providers in our community matched to your needs.

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Mental Health Resources

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

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 
Director of Student Support Services
[email protected]

Annette Preciado
Prevention & Crisis Manager
[email protected]

Camica Edwards
Foster/Homeless Liaison
[email protected]