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Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

The San Diego County Office of Education is committed to supporting schools, students, and families with resources to address the mental health and well-being of our students.  Our goal is to support the removal of barriers that impact student success.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

You are more likely to encounter someone- friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community- in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-care.

This is an eight-hour certification course that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling- rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.

Workshop audience: This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, ages 12-18- social workers, administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors, coaches, secretaries, registrars, lunch staff, bus drivers, and leaders of faith communities, law enforcement, and other caring citizens.
This workshop is typically offered at SDCOE every other month.
Upcoming Student Engagement Opportunities

Dear Colleagues:

Please see attached documents regarding Directing Change -Student created PSA contest from Mental Health Matters and Suicide Prevention. Submissions are due March of 2017.

Congratulations to Donald Collins and the students of Torrey Pines High School that created these incredible pieces!
2016 School Regional Winners – Mental Health Matters - Region 1 and 3

*First Place (tied): "This is Me" - Video (Advancing to statewide round of judging)
San Diego County - Torrey Pines High School
Student Names: Chelsea Barrows, Kiya Klopfenstein, Grace Bashour, and Paige Straky
Advisor Name: Donald Collins

Third Place: "Textbooks" - Video
San Diego County - Torrey Pines High School
Student Names: Madison Wickham, Christopher Vilchis, Jaden Watkins, and Paytin Lalonde
Advisor Name: Don Collins

For Schools:
Information/Prevention/Mental Health Promotion

Crisis Response

Trauma-Informed Care
 Suicide Prevention
For Teens:
For Parents:

Apps for Well-Being

  • Chill: daily mindfulness quotes & reminders by LetGo
  • Chill: Sleep, relax and focus with soothing white noise sounds by Dave Cheng
  • Happify: Activities & Games for Stress & Anxiety by Happify, Inc.
  • Insight Timer: Guided Meditations by Insight Network Inc.
  • Intend: The Change Reminder by Six Seconds
  • i-intend by Anne Ward
  • Peak: Brain Training by brainbow
  • Calm: Meditation techniques for stress reduction by
  • Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness by Headspace meditation limited
  • Happier by Happier, Inc.
  • Gratitude Journal 3650 Diary For Your Happiness by Benjamin Hsu

Websites for Well-Being

  • Greater Good Science Center The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness UCSD San Diego Center for Mindfulness offers a broad range of mindfulness-based programs and initiatives. Whether your interest in mindfulness is personal or professional, on behalf of a young family member or your workplace, or if you are just curious about what it is, you are invited to explore their online home.
  • Pixel Thoughts A 60-second meditation tool to help clear your mind.
  • Mindful Schools Mindful Schools offers courses for educators to integrate mindfulness into their work with youth. Learn K-12 curriculum, be more present and focused.

Mara Madrigal- Weiss                                               Heather Nemour
Coordinator                                                               Project Specialist
858-292-3569                                                           858-569-5489

For registration information, please contact:
Amanda Holt
Program Secretary