Mental Health and Wellbeing
Good mental health is critical to children’s success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social–emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve as well. 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.
See below for resources to support you and your child's mental health. If you need additional support or resources, please contact our MVHS Social Work and Mental Health Specialist, Mrs. Cortez at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a new theme each month addressing a different topic. We hope these newsletters provide helpful information and resources to students and families.
Resources for Families
National Alliance on Mental Illness Crisis Text Line (24/7)
Text NAMI to 741-741
National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)
Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Parent Helpline (Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm PDT)
Call 1-855-2736 for emotional support and advocacy for parents
Riverside County Suicide Prevention Lifeline-Support and Referrals (24/7)
Mental Health Urgent Care Center (24/7)
The Trevor Project (24/7)
Tools, Tips & Resources to Support Your Wellbeing
Each Mind Matters Steps to Self-Care
Work2BeWell Stress and Anxiety Toolkit
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Murrieta Valley Unified School District Virtual Calming Space
Tips for Parents to Help Teens Deal with Emotions
One of the best ways to prevent mental health crises is to help adolescents and teens develop emotional intelligence and healthy coping skills. It’s also greatly beneficial if both teens and adolescents develop and practice good communication skills, so teens can talk about their problems when they arise and ask for help when it’s needed.
The Parent Guide to Resilience: This resources shows parents/caregivers how to bemore resilient in their own lives and then show you practuical things you can do to foster resilience in your family.
How to Help Your Teen Struggling with Mental Health Issues: This article provides statistics about teen mental and emotional issues and offers advice for adults who are trying to help.
Depression in Teens: This article from Mental Health America describes how to recognize and treat adolescent depression.
Minding Your Mental Health: This piece discusses how food and sleep affect teenagers’ moods. It also touches on meditation and how it can help those at-risk of self harm.
Talking to Adolescents and Teens: Mental Health America published this article to help adults talk with teens about maintaining or improving their mental health.
Improving Mental Health Services for Teens and Young Adults: This article from the Young Minds Advocacy discusses problems and solutions regarding teenage mental health care.
Teen Mental Wellness: The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation published this information about the link between teen substance abuse and mental health.
Pre-teen and Teenage Mental Health: This Australian website outlines methods to promote mental health in youth ages nine to 18, what signs to look for if you think your teen may be suffering, and ways to talk to teens about emotional issues.
Resources to Support Adolescent Mental Health: This page provides a service locator, hotlines and other resources for helping teens address mental health issues.
Mental Health Resources for Adolescents and Young Adults: Find youth-friendly mental health resources and advocacy networks here.