Mental Health and Wellness                      

Fall is traditionally a fatiguing time of the academic year, and this year is particularly challenging. As you know, we are experiencing unprecedented needs in our students, communities, and ourselves as staff members. This has been one of the most trying times in education and some of us are reaching the limit of what we can manage. As we continue to adapt and work to ensure our schools are safe for students and staff, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and look out for each other.

Davis Joint Unified School District partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of our staff and family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstances.

If you, a colleague, or a family member needs help and you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • 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.

Lastly, there is power in sharing our stories. If you have already connected with a mental health or substance use treatment provider and would like to share how your experience helped you, consider sharing your story here: https://serve.caresolace.com/share-your-story. Your story may encourage others who need help to seek help. We’re all in this together.

Care Solace

 
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
cmessmore@djusd.net

Annette Preciado
Prevention & Crisis Manager
apreciado@djusd.net

Camica Edwards
Foster/Homeless Liaison
cedwards@djusd.net