How to Get Help for My Child
Like adults, children can experience environmental stress in school, in the community, and at home (e.g., Divorce, death of a loved one, community violence, school or home transitions, bullying, etc.). These stressors can often lead to changes in your child’s mood and/or behavior. Without healthy coping skills, the emotions caused by stressors children are facing can result in challenges at school and in home.
Signs to look for:
• Changes in mood, behavior, or appearance
• Low grades
• Not wanting to go to school or skipping class
• Low motivation isolation/withdrawal
• Irritable/easily angered
• Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
• Difficulty concentrating
• Changes in appetite or sleep
• Aggressive behaviors
• Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
• Feeling overly worried
There is help
LEUSD has many partnerships to help your child get the support they need. There are links to resources on this page, or speak to someone at your child’s school.
What should I do if I am worried about my child harming themselves?
If you believe your child is thinking about suicide, approach the situation by asking. Asking is the first step in saving a life, and can let them know that you are here for them and will listen. Here are some examples of how you may ask: “Have you thought about suicide?” “Sometimes, when people are sad as you are, they think about suicide. Have you ever thought about it?”
Parent Resources for All Ages
Parent Resources for Elementary School Age
Parent Resources for Middle School Age
Parent Resources for High School Age
Youth Crisis Hotline: call 1-800-843-5200
The Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ youth) call 1-866-488-7386
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
More than Sad: More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.
Parent Resources: https://afsp.org/more-than-sad#parents
Peer Navigation Line (M-F 8am -4pm; talk to someone who's “been there”) call 1-888-768-4YOU (4968)
National Parent Helpline: (M-F 10am-7pm) call 1-855-2736 for emotional support and advocacy for parents
Grief counseling: https://elizabethhospice.org/grief-support/children/ (Links to an external site.)
Operation SafeHouse, with Community Support, provides Emergency Shelter, Intervention, and Outreach Services to Youth in Crisis https://operationsafehouse.org
They also have an APP https://youtu.be/PgMxyYJ-J0s Apple & Google Stores