LAUSD School Mental Health (SMH) is dedicated to improving student success by promoting their mental health and well-being.
Mental health involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health is just as important as physical health because it impacts how you think, feel, and act. While we may not always be able to control our environment, we can learn ways to manage our feelings and behaviors in a safe and healthy way.
How to Get Help for My Child
Not feeling like yourself lately?
Being a student is tough! You may feel as though nobody understands what you have been through or the stress you may be dealing with at home and/or school. Sometimes these stressors become so much to handle that they start to affect your mental health.
Paying attention to your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health because it has to do with how you think, feel, and behave. Sometimes your mood or behavior can get in the way of school, impact relationship with friends and loved ones, and may be affecting you on a daily basis. If you are not sure whether what you are going through is just stress or something more, it may help to talk to someone.
What are some signs that I may need to talk to someone?
• Changes in mood or behavior
• Low grades
• Not wanting to go to school or skipping class
• Feeling unmotivated
• Isolating from friends or family
• Irritable/easily angered
• Feeling sad or hopeless
• Difficulty concentrating
• Overeating or undereating
• Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
• Not being interested in activities you used to enjoy
• Feeling overly worried
Without the right support, these feelings and behaviors may start to lead to problems at school and/or home. These feelings are not permanent and there is help available. Asking for help doesn’t mean something is “wrong” with you. When you’re sick or break an arm, you go to a doctor. Similarly, if you’re not feeling your best, you should get support from a mental health professional.
How can I get help?
Talk to an adult, immediately
Talk to your parent/caregiver
Talk to a trusted adult at school or in the community (Psychiatric Social Worker, teacher, counselor, pastor, etc.)
Seek help from the nearest Wellness Center/School Mental Health Clinic.
For additional information on counseling resources, you can access www.211la.org
LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017