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?”