UTLA: Wellness and Mental Health Resources

UTLA WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS—Research shows that well-being and mental health are integral and important components of a person’s well-being, stability and overall success. UTLA student health and social service professionals, including psychiatric social workers (PSW), student services and attendance counselors (PSA), school psychologist, school nurses, and other professionals socio-emotional, have put together thoughtful resources and helpful tips to support our daily challenges and current environment. UTLA WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS – Social well-being, emotional well-being, spiritual well-being, environmental well-being, occupational well-being, intellectual well-being and physical well-being are dimensions of the well-being that helps us in the workplace.

If you need immediate emergency help, please call 911. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call our LAUSD Student Health and Social Services Helpline at (213) 241.3840 Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or at one of the following agencies (24 hours a day, 7 days a week): LA County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771 | National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)

As district leaders, we recognize the important role that all educators play every day in supporting our students by developing caring relationships to support their learning and overall well-being. A sense of community at school and in the classroom (in-person and virtual) helps stakeholders feel valued and included. Establishing procedures and routines that cultivate connection and trust sets the stage for increased academic engagement, social success, and authentic relationships. Strategic activities that build on strengths and leverage stakeholder strengths and identities provide opportunities for individuals to learn more about each other, resulting in deeper levels of connection and a sense of purpose. belonging in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.

This summer, an interdisciplinary team from the divisions of Instruction, Special Education, Human Resources, and Student Health and Social Services came together to make this work foundational for all District employees. The following resources and tools to support this work are available to you, please visit:

Schoology Groups

  • Positive Behavior/Restorative Practices Interventions and Supports (PBIS/RP) – access code ZV2B-2PCZ-BMJVX​
    • Resources and tools to implement PBIS/RP, including creating virtual expectations, creating virtual communities of theme activities and lessons, and behavior response.
  • Secondary consultative lessons – access code QDXZ-PQWX-BDZRJ
    • Lessons and activities to support students’ social emotional needs for teachers in grades 6-12 to supplement core classes. Resources and lessons integrate personal development, academic tracking, and college/career readiness content while consistently providing opportunities to develop SEL skills.
  • LAUSD Pride – access code DQ2SX-4RSZ6
    • A welcoming, inclusive, and expansive space for LAUSD staff to share ideas, best practices, community resources, and aspirations for SOGIE-affirming learning and working environments.

LA Unified Websites:

Dr. Nadine Burke, California’s first Surgeon General, said it best: “Educators can provide the daily doses of healing interactions that are truly the antidote to toxic stress…just as science shows It is the cumulative dose of early adversity that is the most harmful, it also shows that the cumulative dose of healing and nurturing interactions is the most healing.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month (AAPI)

Asian Americans – a powerful five-part series on the history of Asian Americans in the United States. The series examines what the 2010 US Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal stories, ASIAN AMERICANS explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present and future.


As Asian Americans Face Racist Attacks, PBS Series Celebrates Their Unsung History

“We tried to do a series about the history of Asian Americans for years and years,” said Oscar-nominated filmmaker and UCLA professor Renee Tajima-Peña (“Who Killed Vincent Chin ?”), the producer of “Asian Americans”. Airing during Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, the series has taken on even greater urgency amid growing anti-Asian sentiment in America due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 Reasons Why I Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Many may know that February is Black History Month or March is Women’s History Month, but far fewer people celebrate the other Heritage Months that occur throughout the year. , including AAPI Heritage Month.

Learn about Asian art and Asian American history at LA’s museums

LA museums display world-class collections of Asian art and Asian American cultural artifacts

Explore websites for resources and virtual tours

LA Unified Websites:

Cultural sites:

Asia-Pacific Island Organizations

Behavioral Health Directory – Click here

This is the behavioral health directory for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California. For Los Angeles County, see pages 17-29 and for Los Angeles County Department Mental Health Resources, see Appendix A, pages 35-50.

Lesson plans and student support resources for counselors and mental health professionals


  • 20 questions to ask instead of “How are you doing right now?”Article
  • Dr. Ken Duckworth explains how to talk about COVID-19 with your children in an age-appropriate way. Article
  • How to meet the emotional needs of teachers now. Schools can develop a plan to help teachers who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Article


Concurrent California Assembly Resolution 172 declares May 4-8, 2020 will be California’s first “Student Mental Health Week”. This page offers school counselors an exciting and virtually engaging experience toolbox so that school counselors are able to provide mental wellness strategies and positive coping techniques to students across the state.
If you need more help, NAMI bases on demand is a free, six-session online education program for parents, caregivers and other families caring for youth 22 years of age or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms.

Well-being for educators

Wellness and Self-Care for Educators – “During this unprecedented time, it is imperative that school counselors and other student support professionals prioritize self-care. Self-care is a topic that has been widely debated; however, with unique challenges that arise, taking care of ourselves mentally/emotionally, physically and socially so that we are available to support our students.

Slowdown Shuffle: 50 evidence-based immune-boosting activities to do during the global downturn to go from wired and tired to chilled and thriving. Article

Kaiser Permanente Successful Schools has developed this series of special webinars focused on supporting the education community during COVID-19. Each webinar will offer insights and insights for educators, family caregivers, and school staff to take care of themselves and others during this time.

*** Headspace is available for free to all LAUSD employees! You can use it on the computer or on your phone. Headspace can be used for different types of mediation. It offers basic/advanced lessons, animations, and multiple focus areas for sleep, stress, kids, sports, mindful walking, and more. If you haven’t accessed it yet, you can get your free subscription via this link on the SHHS Wellness Page. Click the Headspace icon to register using your LAUSD email.***

Headspace for Los Angeles County Residents
LA, we are all going through the current crisis together. To help you weather this storm, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have teamed up to provide support and resources during this difficult time. Los Angeles County residents can Register for free access to Headspace Plus until December 31, 2020.

Emily Dillion PSW, YouTube channel with Mindfulness/Breathing videos

Action for Happiness Calendars

The Emergence & Value of Mindfulness—The Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully recently released a new book titled
Educating with Mindfulness: Stories of School Transformation Through Mindfulness.
In partnership with more than twenty mindfulness resource organizations and more than three dozen passionate educators, this collaborative project includes 40 chapters that shed light on the emergence of mindfulness in American education. It also contains a resource and field guide for school communities.
Self-care tips for parents and guardians from a health psychologist—Parents, grandparents and all adults who care for children are great people with tough jobs. As a caregiver, you may be juggling multiple roles while prioritizing the health and safety of your family, especially during stressful situations.
But don’t forget: your health matters too! Prioritizing your well-being can help you take better care of your children and family members.

Mental Health Toolkit

Healthy at Home Toolkit for Families


SIPA Wellness Wednesdays Registration – Free Webcast Series

SIPA presents Wellness Wednesdays, a series of free webcasts, taking place every Wednesday in May in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Safely at home, each session is psychoeducational by promoting mental wellness and destigmatizing mental health in the Filipino-American community. Register by clicking on the image or here.
A webinar presented by the National Committee on Asthma and Toxic Stress (NCATS) in partnership with the Center for Youth Wellness, the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford Medical Center. Register here by clicking on the image or here.

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