Mental Health Support: As we return, I urge everyone to prioritize student mental health. The transition from Winter Break can be challenging, especially for those who suffer from depression or other mental health concerns. All of us can help by modeling healthy behaviors and encouraging self-care. It’s also important to teach students to be aware of the language they use with themselves, practice self-compassion and recognize it is a sign of strength to reach out for help.
Help is available to support our students:
- Use the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) process when you see a student in need of help. Acknowledge that you’re seeing mental health concerns or signs of suicide. Show your student that you care. Tell a school counselor or other professional that your student needs help. Review the full ACT infographic (Students in English | Families in English | Families in Spanish).
- Call your school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker for guidance as needed.
- Use the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or text to 741741 for free 24/7 mental health support.
- Call 911 in a mental health emergency.
- Visit our In Crisis/Need Help Now Page for a full list of resources