Mental Health and Wellness                      

The Davis Joint Unified School District fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, parents and staff. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the district has partnered with Care Solace. Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services.

Care Solace is a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.

DJUSD families and staff may access Care Solace services in two ways:

1. Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from your Concierge team

2. Visit your custom district link: www.caresolace.com/djusd

Care Solace is now available for use by district families and staff at no cost. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Please note, Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273- 8255.

If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/djusd 

Preparing Students to Return to Campus

Many families are preparing their children for the modified in-person reopening on April 12, 2021. Whether your child will be returning to campus or continuing with distance learning, another transition is coming. Becoming familiar with the safety measures required to return to campus can relieve many worries. Consider planning new ways to support your child’s mental health as we move toward reopening.  Here are some ideas for you to consider. 

  • Allow your child to identify what might cause them to have big emotions and help them identify their coping skills ahead of time. 
  • To be healing-centered (going beyond being trauma-informed), create opportunities for your child to interact with some of their peers if they have not already done so. For instance, have an outdoor, safely distanced lunch together in the park or go for a walk in the neighborhood. 
  • Ask parents/guardians of students who have already been on campus to share what it was like and how they adjusted at first. 
  • For students that are more nervous,  walk around the campus and help them visualize their return. Let them talk about what worries them and what they are excited about. 
  • Fill out a Student Return to Campus Support Plan
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 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness
cmessmore@djusd.net

Jennifer Mullin 
Manager of Prevention & Wellness 
jmullin@djusd.net