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

National Resources

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

State Resources
Welltopia is a place where you can connect directly to credible resources that empower healthy personal, family, and community development. Find your way to whole-hearted living and wellness. 
Talking to your child about current events
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.

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.

December is a time for family traditions and celebrations. We take time to reflect and express appreciation for those we care for. With lots of time off from school, routines are disrupted; for many, this can make December a month with increased challenges that impact mental health. Some feel more depressed or anxious during the holidays for a myriad of reasons. As adults, we can struggle with unmet expectations, not enough time to accomplish everything, or additional financial burdens, to name a few stressors. 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. As a family, find ways to lower the stress of the season. Seek out free things to do. Step outside together and breathe in the crisp air. Create new traditions if old ones create more worry than they’re worth. If your child would like access to some additional support during the winter break (or anytime, for that matter), share these resources with them:

ASK Teen Line: 530-753-0797

Crisis Text Line: 741741- Text the word "Start"

Suicide Prevention of Yolo County 530-756-5000 To read more, here and here.

In the news...

13 Reasons Why
With release of Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" Season 2, below are some resources that may be helpful to answer questions that may help you decide what is best for your child.

Guidance from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Some details about Season 2 to help you prepare
How to prepare for "13 Reasons Why" Season 2
Talking Points for Parents
Netflix's Discussion Guide

If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's School Counselor or a DJUSD Prevention & Crisis Manager 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 & Crisis Services
Prevention & Crisis 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 Jenn Mullin, who work as Prevention & Crisis Managers. To reach out to a Prevention & Crisis Manager email or  

Upcoming Parent Events

Registration open for parenting summit

FREE Online Trauma-Sensitive Parenting Summit Airing November 8-13, 2018 Watch interviews with parenting experts and experienced therapeutic parents from around the country. Experts include: Dr. Dan Siegel Dr. Ross Greene Karen Buckwalter, LCSW Sarah Naish Billy Kaplan Carrie O’Toole Christine Moers…and more Topics include: helping children build resiliency, overcoming shame, structure & safety, navigating challenges. For more information and to register, go to Trauma-Sensitive Parent Summit

Compassion Project  

What:    6 week workshop for parents/guardians
When:   Beginning November 7 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Da Vinci High School 

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Join other parents in a workshop on adolescent mental health and dialectical behavioral therapy presented by Da Vinci Charter Academy and the Davis/Auburn Center for DBT with Dr. Susan Landes. Click here, to sign up.  

Cara Messmore 
Prevention and Crisis Manager

Jennifer Mullin 
Prevention and Crisis Manager