Welcome to Our Mental Health Website
Resources for the Start of the 2021-22 School Year
As the 2021-22 school year begins, we encourage our students and families to be mindful of mental health. With the new school year, our students and families will have a lot to adjust to, including a new routine, a longer school day and a bustling school campus. For tips on supporting your child's adjustment to the 2021-22 school year, we invite you to check out these resources:
- The Child Mind Institute's guide to Preparing Your Child to Go Back to School in Person
- The Child Mind Institute - Teenagers and Back to School Stress
- Livermore Learns Parent Tips for Establishing and Maintaining a Routine
- Strategies for Boosting Protective Factors - Protective Factors boost our overall well-being. Through change and challenges, having a strong foundation of Protective Factors can help children and adults weather the ups and downs of life and come out stronger as a result.
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Families
- COVID-19 Mental Health Resources: Coping during a pandemic presents added challenges. We have put together specific resources to address the mental health needs of our students and parents during COVID-19.
- Click for a list of local mental health community partners!
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
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.