May was Mental Health Awareness Month
One in five American youth and adults will experience mental illness. While 50 percent of those experiencing mental illness had symptoms that started before age 14, most wait an average of 8 to 10 years before seeking treatment. Stigma plays a significant role in preventing those in need from seeking appropriate mental health services sooner. Each of us can play a powerful role in addressing the stigma of mental health by strengthening personal connections and sharing information about accessing treatment. Student Health and Human Services/School Mental Health Services works to reduce stigma among students and school communities about mental health issues and can provide information for accessing support services. For more information, please visit: https://smh.lausd.net.
Student Mental Health Services
- To refer a student for mental health services at one of School Mental Health’s Clinics, please click the following link: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/14251#spn-content.
- For consultation or support, Monday – Friday, 8 am. – 4:30 pm.; (213) 241-3841
Mental Health Awareness Information
For additional information on mental health awareness, refer to the following:
- California Mental Health Services Authority, Each Mind Matters: https://www.eachmindmatters.org/mental-health/
- For the Mental Health Awareness May 2018 Toolkit, by Each Mind Matters:
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
- Mental Health America
School Mental Health: LD Central PSW and Central High School/Tri-C CDS Collaborate on Denim Day 2018 Public Service Announcement
To commemorate Denim Day 2018, Central High School/Tri-C CDS created a campaign that included the following public service announcement (PSA) that was narrated by their students. The PSA provides the history of Denim Day, facts about sexual assault, and what people can do to decrease sexual assault. This promotional video debuted at the Local District (LD) Central School Mental Health meeting and is the brain child of LD Central school-based Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW), Talia Guppy and Principal Helene Cameron.
Please click on the following link to watch the video:
March is Social Work Month
Social work is a fast-growing profession with more than 680,000 social work professionals in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What makes social workers unique is that they are trained to look at situations in a holistic way, helping to bring people and communities together to find ways to address pressing individual, group and societal issues. Social workers also follow the NASW Code of Ethics, which calls on members of the profession to enhance human wellbeing and meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention on the needs and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed or living in poverty.
LA Unified is proud to be one of the largest employers of School Social Workers in a variety of programs. LA Unified School Social Workers bring a unique set of skills and knowledge to the school system and to student support teams. As mental health professionals, they assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving 100% graduation.
We are very proud of the work that all of our School Social Workers do day in and day out. School Social Workers serve throughout Student Health and Human Services! We are happy to celebrate the contributions that all School Social Workers have provided our LA Unified community.
Relationship between Love and Physical and Emotional Health
“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Ghandi
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
During the month of February, it is a good time to examine the relationship between love and physical and emotional health. Research shows that love, in its many forms, including the love between friends, partners, relatives, spouses, and between pets and their owners, can improve our health! To name just a few benefits, love can reduce stress, boost our immune system, relieve pain, lower the chances of depression, and extend our lives! Here’s to a life full of love!
Locke Wellness Center is now providing Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
The School Mental Health Locke Wellness Center is now providing Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to children aged 2-5 years of age through a partnership between First 5 LA, the LA County Department of Mental Health, and LAUSD School Mental Health. PCIT is being provided in English and Spanish.
PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together in PCIT. Most of the session time is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills. Therapists typically coach from an observation room with a one-way mirror into the playroom, using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating to the parents as they play with their child.
For more information on PCIT: http://www.pcit.org/what-is-pcit.html
For referrals for PCIT and other School Mental Health Clinic/Wellness Center Services:
School Mental Health hosted the 32nd Annual District Crisis Team Training
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, School Mental Health hosted the 32nd Annual District Crisis Team Training at the California Endowment for over 275 crisis team members throughout the District. In his poignant keynote address, retired California Highway Patrol, Sergeant Kevin Briggs talked about his work patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge for over 17 years and the lessons he learned from his active rescues and how those lessons intertwined with his personal life. After the general session, participants attended a full day of workshops about various topics including grief and loss, domestic violence, trauma, suicide, escalating student behavior and Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation. The workshops were facilitated by staff from various community based agencies, as well as District staff. The venue, keynote address, as well as the continental breakfast were made possible thanks to: The California Endowment, Sandy Hook Promise, Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, Friends of Safe Schools USA, California Credit Union, Office Solutions, and Retirement Choices of California.
SMH gets awarded three year grant to implement Trauma Informed Schools at 21 schools.
The California Department of Education for the Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) has awarded School Mental Health, in partnership with Youth Policy Institute (YPI) a three year grant to implement Trauma Informed Schools, at 21 schools. In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, which reduced the penalties for certain non-serious and non-violent property and drug offenses and required the resulting state savings to be invested in prevention and support services. The proposition requires 25 percent of the state savings to be allocated to the State Department of Education for crime prevention and support of programs in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) schools.
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