If you or your child is in an immediate crisis, call 911. If your child needs an emergency mental health evaluation, you can call the LAC DMH Psychiatric Mobile Response Team 1-800-854-7771 or take your child to the local emergency room. If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or need someone to talk to, you are not alone. Your feelings are valid. The resources below are here to help. You matter, mental health is important.
ABOUT SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health is a dimension of overall health and includes a continuum from high level wellness to severe illness. School mental health includes practices to address this continuum from high level emotional well-being to significant student mental health challenges. School mental health addresses all aspects of social-emotional development of school-age children including wellness to mental illness. Stigma associated with mental illness needs to be directly addressed and eliminated. This is most effectiely done through an inclusive approach and offering examples of people who are similar to students and who share positive results and recovery. School mental health may include but is much broader than a school-based or –linked mental health clinic.
School mental health services refer to a continuum of supports for school-age children that are integrated throughout the school community: universal strategies to promote the social
and emotional well-being and development of all students; selected, brief strategies to support some students at risk of or with mild mental health challenges; and intensive, ongoing strategies to support those few students with significant needs, including a streamlined referral process with school employed mental health professionals and school-based mental health providers to create a seamless service delivery model for children, adolescents, and their families. Various family, school, and community resources are coordinated to address barriers to learning as an essential aspect of school functioning.
BENEFITS OF SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH
School mental health services and supports are an effective means of addressing the mental health needs of children and improving the learning environment. Partnerships between schools, youth, families, and mental health providers can result in improved academic outcomes through:
- Social and emotional support through developing the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making, and building positive relationships;
- School engagement with children being better prepared and able to concentrate on learning;
- Families participating in their children’s education;
- Preparation of school staff to address students’ mental health needs;
- Early identification of mental health challenges through appropriate screening, assessment, and follow-up;
- Emphasis on school attendance and reductions in dropouts;
- Prevention and response to crises;
- A positive school culture and climate that supports teaching and learning, and fosters good mental health through trusting and communicative relationships between teachers, their students and families; and
- Efforts to reduce stigma associated with mental illness by by educating students and parents on mental health topics and professionals, and offering examples of people similar to students who share their personal stories of success and recovery.
- Scheduled therapy appointments: Therapy can help students cope with what they’re feeling, such as behavior changes, anxiety, bullying, withdrawal, grief, peer and family relationships, depression, or stress.
- Licensed therapists: Hazel Health therapists are bilingual, diverse and are experts in the needs of children and teens.
- Care coordination: If your child needs additional services outside of Hazel Health services, Hazel will help connect you to local resources.
- Individuals answer 10 questions and are directed to an extensive list of referrals for care providers.
- A search algorithm matches individuals with mental health care resources within seconds.
- Care Solace generates referrals that take into account a variety of insurance policies, including private insurance, Medi-Cal, Medicaid and Medicare.
- If uninsured, Care Solace also identifies local care providers that allow individuals to pay out-of-pocket for services.
- The site does not require a username, home address, phone number or date of birth.
What is CoVitality?
The term “covitality” describes the interplay of positive psychological mindsets that contribute to positive social emotional health and thriving student development.
Schools across the country are using the CoVitality App to make social and emotional learning central to their educational process. School leaders use this universal mental health screening survey to holistically engage with their students and positively discuss their individual social emotional health. By focusing systemically on social emotional learning, school districts are getting results in higher academic achievement, graduation rates, and attendance.
- CoVitality is a tool designed to measure the social-emotional well-being for students in grades 4-12.
- As schools complete the survey, they conduct individualized assessments of their specific needs and tailor programs and interventions accordingly.
- The CoVitality survey is given to students in the month of November.
CA PEER-RUN WARM LINE(1-855-845-7415)
Non-Judgmental Emotional Peer Support
As the CA Peer Run Warm Line is staffed 24/7 by trained Peers with specialized training in supporting mental health challenges, we are already seeing a number of callers with concerns surrounding the virus and associated news reports.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line expanded its services state-wide in October of 2019. We are a toll-free service and operate 24/7 and can be reached at:
Toll-Free Number: 1-855-845-7415
School-Based Mental Health Agencies
The following local mental health agencies are available to you and your family year round.
Center for Integrated Family and Health Services “The Family Center”
540 S Eremland Dr.
Covina, CA 91723
Phone: (626) 966-1577
Fax: (626) 331-4529
1515 W Cameron Ave
West Covina, CA 91790 Suite 350
Phone: (626) 337-8811
Fax: (626) 856-5653
Foothill Family Services
503 W. Badillo Street
Covina, CA 91722
Phone: (626) 993-3000
Fax: (626) 993-3093
13001 Ramona Blvd
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone: (626) 373-2900
Fax: (626) 373-2940
Kaiser Permanente Educational Outreach Program (EOP)
4141 Maine Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone: 626 814-6408
Fax: (626) 814-6424
HIGH SCHOOL NAMI CLUBS
The NAMI On Campus High School Club (NCHS) is a student-led club that raises mental health awareness and reduces stigma on a high school campus through peer led activities and education. All three of our high schools, Sierra Vista High School, Baldwin Park High School, and North Park High School have NAMI Clubs; the Sierra Vista High School NAMI Club was the first in the East San Gabriel Valley!