Mental Health Services
"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." Toni Morrison
Our team provides JUSD families and community with resources promoting both physical and mental health. We work in a proactive manner in order to enhance each child's educational experience. In addition, we provide programs emphasizing health, safety, and wellness. We know that students are happiest when they are SAFE and LOVED. To that end, our team works tirelessly with our families and the greater community to ensure that all JUSD children have a place to turn when help is needed. Please join us! We welcome your suggestions and comments!
Social and Emotional Wellness
Social and emotional wellness (sometimes referred to as mental health) is an important part of our children’s healthy development. Being mentally healthy allows an individual to feel good about him or herself, to be able to make better choices in life, reduce stress levels, better cope with everyday stressors and it also allows one to focus on the important things in life such as family and friends. When parents are mentally healthy, they are able to cope with the daily stresses of parenthood and provide a healthy environment in which their child can thrive.
- Talk often with your child and listen carefully as your child communicates with you.
- Hug them, hold them, and respond to their needs and interests.
- Read aloud to your child every day. Play and sing with them often.
- Treat your child with respect.
- Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not harshly.
- Ensure a safe, orderly, and predictable environment, wherever they are.
- Spend quality time with your child doing things that bring joy to his/her life.
The words “mental health” have a negative response from some people because there is a belief that seeking mental health services is an indication of being insane. Mental health professionals refer to this as a “stigma.” Seeking counseling services does not mean someone is insane, it means the person is willing and ready to make a difference in his/her life. Counseling involves prevention, intervention, and treatment wherein the clinician (also called a therapist) will assist the client in exploring ways to cope with situations that the client may be suffering from such as stress, marital issues, family issues, anger, sadness, depression, etc. So, next time you feel the need to speak to someone that can hear you without being judgmental and will ensure your confidentiality, do not hesitate to seek professional support.
The most important thing to remember is that when you take care of yourself you are a better parent. This includes taking care of both your physical and mental health. Healthier, happier parents have what it takes to raise healthier happier kids. So reach out and take advantage of the help that is available to help you be your healthiest you!
Telephone: (951) 360-4144 • Fax: (951) 360-4148