Mental Health and Support

The Davis Joint Unified School District believes that the mental health and well-being of our students contributes greatly to their academic success. Professional School Counselors are available at each school site to provide mental health support, in addition to academic and college/career guidance. 

Go to our Wellness Resources for 24/7 counseling, suicide prevention and crisis intervention services. 

Speak Up Tip Line
Students in junior high or high school can report safety or other concerns using the new cyber tip line, which can be accessed from a student's DJUSD Google account. Find out more at SpeakUp

Mental Health Resources
Local Community Resources
Suicide Prevention of Yolo County (530) 756-5000
ASK Teen Line: (530) 753-0797
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Prevention of Yolo County - A non-profit organization with the mission of providing crisis prevention and intervention, education, and community outreach services
Empower Yolo - Provides 24 hour support to students and families impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
Yolo County Mental Health Services - information about 24 hour crisis line, screening process, and additional resources for families
Resilient Yolo - Building a trauma-informed community
Yolo Hospice, Stepping Stones - L
ocal support program specifically designed to help children, teens and families cope with the death of a loved one.

National Resources

Crisis Text Line – Text "HOME" to 741741
National LifeLine 1-800-273-8255
Psychology Today - search feature to find a local therapist 

Talking to your child about 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.

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. 

From the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council

We all feel stressed sometimes. Some stress is a normal, healthy part of life. However, intense stress that doesn’t go away can be too much to handle without help. The Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) and Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) are excited to share Nurturing Children During Times of Stress: A Guide to Help Children Bloom. Pages 55-60 contain great tips and resources that parents and caregivers can use to promote resilience in their children and themselves. To find out more about how to protect your child and yourself from the effects of intense stress, download the Nurturing Children During Times of Stress here. The guide is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.  Click here for a number of helpful parenting resources

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  

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
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Cara Messmore 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness

Jennifer Mullin 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness