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Central Valley Suicide Hotline 1-888-506-5991

 

Social Emotional Wellness and Support

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Social Emotional Resources for Families Available throughout the District

 

There are approximately over 16 million children diagnosed with a mental disorder such as ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, or depression−and 38% have experienced more than one type of traumatic event, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, societal pressures and environmental factors present challenges in the overall wellbeing of young people. Students and families may experience a time where social and emotional support is warranted. Fresno Unified School District has services throughout the district offered by trained staff at various school sites that can provide the appropriate supportive services.

Did you know?

  • Fresno Unified schools (TK-12) have the following school support services available throughout the district that are provided by Psychologists, School Social Workers, Restorative Practice Counselors, Clinical School Social Workers, Restoring the Learning Environment Counselors (RLE), School Nurses.  
  • There are over 40 School Social Workers or Clinical School Social Workers at designated school sites providing mental health services, individual/group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, psycho-education to students, parents, school sites, and the community.
  • Fresno Unified has over 70 School Psychologists who are available throughout the district. They conduct psychological assessments, provide mental health services, provide academic and/or social and emotional guidance.
  • School Counselors provide services at all middle and high school sites that include on-going academic counseling.
  • The Mentoring Office provides students with the opportunity to connect with a mentor through various programs available:  School Site based, Community based, Worksite based, Peer Mentoring, e-mentoring, Adopt-a-School Partnership, and Men's and Women's Alliance.
  • Restoring the Learning Environment Counselors (RLE) provide social emotional support to students, provide cultural broker services and are assigned to school sites with higher populations of Southeast Asian students.
  • School sites often contract with local community agencies to provide ongoing and accessible mental health services to students onsite.
  • Other school site supports from the school district may include Resource Counseling Assistants, Tier II Intervention Specialists, Behavior Intervention Specialists, and mentoring services.
  • In accordance with AB 2246, FUSD provides suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services to students, families, and staff members throughout the district. This includes education and awareness campaigns regarding warning signs and how to access help to parents, instruction to students at the secondary level, and training to staff. The district's policy also outlines our best practice approach to intervention and how we support students, families, and schools in the event that a crisis does occur on one of our campuses.
  • Starting in the 2019-2020 academic school year, FUSD will include emotional wellness resources on the back of students' school ID cards. Resources will include local and national contacts for help with suicide ideation and crises (Education Code 215.5).

 

Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe

What do I need to know about Youth Suicide?

 

Know the Risk Factors

*While no student is immune, some face increased risk*

  • Depression and other mental health issues
  • Substance use
  • Hopelessness
  • Social Isolation
  • Intoxication
  • Adverse life events
  • Access to weapons
  • A family history of suicide
  • A recent tragedy or loss
  • Prolonged stress
  • Questions regarding self-identity

Know the Warning Signs

*If you see a warning sign, seek help immediately*

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves such as "I wish I were dead" and "I won't be around to deal with this much longer".
  • Increase in risky behavior
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Social withdrawal
  • Saying goodbye to family or friends
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Talking, writing, posts on social media, or thinking about death.

 

*It is important to remember the signs and risk factors listed are generalities. Not all students who contemplate or die by suicide will exhibit these kinds of symptoms AND not all students who exhibit these behaviors are suicidal*

What can I do to keep my child safe?

  • Ask: Do not be afraid to talk to your kids about suicide and mental health
  • Actively Listen: "help me understand what life is like for you right now."
  • Take signs seriously: If you are seeing warning signs and risk factors, respond immediately.
  • Limit Access: Restricting access to lethal means, especially access to firearms, prescription drugs and medications are important in prevention youth suicide.
  • Do not leave your child alone: Surround yourself with a support network or friends and family that can step in and help as needed.
  • Reach out: Contact the school or mental health professionals if you are concerned about your child.

Resources:

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • En Español: 1-888-628-9454
  • TREVOR Project: 1-566-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
  • Local Police: 911
  • Exodus Youth Crisis Center: (559) 512-8700 4411 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno CA (24/7)
  • Find local help: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
  • Find local mental health help: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
 


 

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