Welcome to Our Mental Health Website
Practice Self-Care During the Holiday SeasonThe well-being of yourself and your family members is important. With the holidays upon us, we encourage you to practice self-care and seek help when needed. Breaks from our daily routines can provide a great opportunity to establish and practice habits that support our physical and mental health including making appointments that we have been putting off.We partner with Care Solace to support the well-being of our students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstance.
If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health and would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
lvjusdfamiliesand either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.The holidays can be stressful for everyone. Please check out this article from Mental Health First Aid for some easy to use tips:Elementary Parents- Click HERE for tips on making outings with your child less stressful, during the holidays and throughout the year.Check out the resources below for more information on self-care:
Elementary students and parents: Click here to practice taking mindful breaths together.
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is committed to supporting the mental health needs of our students. In partnership with mental health agencies in our community, we’re building a network of resources to ensure that our students have access to mental health information and supports. Our website is a comprehensive, curated mental health website for our students and families that includes contacts for our local mental health partners. In addition, this website includes definitions and warning signs, book recommendations from the Livermore Public Library, and videos chosen specifically to aid in opening dialogue and providing a path forward regarding mental health concerns.
Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who are taught and learn social–emotional skills function better in all aspects of their lives. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, academic achievement and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve, which is why our Choose Love Program is such a valuable asset to our overall curriculum. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness, but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life’s challenges. Left unmet, mental health problems are linked to costly negative outcomes such as academic and behavior problems, dropping out, and delinquency.
Source Credit: National Association of School Psychologists
Mental Health Awareness in Schools
According the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the start of many mental health conditions most often occurs in adolescence. Half of individuals living with mental illness experience onset by the age of 14. This number jumps to 75% by the age of 24. One in five youths live with a mental health condition, but less than half of these individuals receive needed services. Undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated mental health conditions can affect a student’s ability to learn, grow, and develop.
Schools provide a unique opportunity to identify and support mental health needs by serving students where they already are. School personnel can play an important role in recognizing the early warning signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health condition and in linking students with effective services and supports.
Teachers, support staff, administrators, and parents throughout our district are being trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This program helps adults identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder and to learn the skills for connecting our students with supports and services.
Breaking the Stigma
Talking about Mental Health
Upcoming Events for Mental Health & Wellness Events
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Livermore Special Needs Parent Group Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM AB 988 - A Public Forum with Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
January 25, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Livermore Learns - Stress, Anxiety and Depression
January 26, 2022
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM YMHFA Training for Parents
February 26, 2022
8:15 AM - 1:15 PM YMHFA Training for Parents
Mental Health & Safety Grants
LVJUSD and the City of Livermore were awarded nearly half a million dollars through three federal grants to address mental health and school safety in the District. Two of the grants, paid over three years, primarily focus on mental health awareness training (MHAT) and the third on school violence prevention. All three grants seek to support the health and safety of students through additional community resources, extensive training for staff and families, and the development of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) - an expansion of services already provided by the District’s Crisis Team.
Through these grants, LVJUSD is developing a network of resources with community partners including Axis Community Health, Horizons Family Counseling, Hume Center, Kaiser Permanente, La Familia, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley. A coordinated partnership with these agencies establishes a link within the District between students in need and the services that will help them. These grants fund the training of staff and parents to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth, and how to connect to the services and support they need.
This website is one of the many resources developed to support our students and families around mental health.