Mental Health & Wellness Resources
Goodbye, Meaningful May, and Welcome Joyful June! Check out the Action For Happiness Calendar for ways to celebrate wellness every day of the month at https://actionforhappiness.
Wellness Wednesday Tip for Today: A sense of meaning and forward momentum helps keep us energized and hopeful. Look for meaning and purpose in everyday moments!
Meaning matters for happiness. People with a sense of purpose in life tend to experience more frequent and stronger positive emotions; feel more optimistic about the future; have greater life satisfaction; have higher psychological well-being; have more satisfying relationships; use their character strengths more, and feel better about themselves.
Friends, family, pets, work, volunteering, learning, hobbies, creative pursuits like making music or art, nature, faith – all give life meaning. People with a sense of meaning in life also report feeling happier, more satisfied with their lives, less depressed and anxious, and more satisfied with their jobs. Let's help each other find a way to make meaning in everyday things.
Welcome to Meaningful May and Mental Health Awareness Month! The focus of this month is to be part of something bigger. Meaning matters for a fulfilling and happy life. We all matter and can make a difference to do something bigger, beyond ourselves.
Wellness Wednesday Tip: Rest is fundamental to success, health, and happiness. There are many distractions in this digital world, and something (or someone) always requires your attention. No matter what your schedule or task list may look like, resting and unplugging is vital to your long-term health.
Wellness Wednesday Tip: Do what you love. Almost any form of exercise or movement can increase your fitness level while decreasing your stress. The most important thing is to pick an activity that you enjoy.
Wellness Wednesday Tip: Take Time to Talk about Transitions. The end of the school year can be a nervous time for students, especially those who will be making a major transition into elementary school, middle school, high school, or college in the fall. Start the conversation now about that next beginning.
Wellness Wednesday Tip: Switch up your route, and you can literally bulk up your brain — specifically your hippocampus. This is the area thought to be the center of emotion and memory. A bulked-up hippocampus can help protect your memory and mental sharpness — and this has benefits that extend to many parts of your day.
When we practice present-moment awareness, we can savor each moment, make time feel like it’s passing slower, and get in touch with the fundamental wonder of being alive.
This week's wellness focus: Stop, Breathe, Notice, Repeat Regularly. Both breathing and grounding skills help to control the symptoms of stress, anxiety and anger. The best part; these skills are easy to learn! Practice with Star Breathing or visit the Mental Health and Wellness Resources on our FVSD website for this week's Wellness Wednesday Newsletter with videos and articles on grounding skills.
This week's wellness focus: mindful eating. Mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food — as you buy, prepare, serve, and consume it. Take time to appreciate your food's taste, texture, and smell and the companions you're eating it with.
Welcome, Mindful March! This week's focus: Acceptance. Be comfortable with who you are. No one is perfect, yet we often expect ourselves to be! When we learn to accept ourselves, we will likely be happier and better at learning and growing!
Today's tip for wellness: Tell a loved one or friend why they are special to you.
This week we are talking about mindfulness strategies. “Cool the pizza” is a breathing exercise that will help your child become more aware of their bodily sensations. Tell them to breathe in through their nose like they're smelling a piece of pizza. Then, tell them to blow out through their mouth, like they're cooling the piece of hot pizza. Practice this often when your child is calm, then remind them to "Cool the pizza" when things heat up.
Happy Wellness Wednesday. It's National School Counseling Week and we want to take a minute to thank our school counselors for all they do to assist our students in achieving success, personal/social development, and career readiness. FVSD Counselors, we appreciate you!
Welcome to Friendly February! We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend.
When it comes to happiness, teenagers who get a small amount of exposure to screen time, between one and five hours a week, are happier than those who get none. The least happy ones were those who used screens for 20 or more hours a week. Try these tips for a social media detox.
When it comes to happiness, it is important to highlight the joy we feel when we connect with one another. Take time to slow down from hectic schedules for a happier January!
Welcome to Happier January! This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
Wellness Wednesday Archives
Below are some resources provided by FVSD's Support Services team of School Counselors and School Psychologists, which may be helpful for students and families.
Coping with Trauma
Coping with Stress
- Calming Strategies
- Whole Child Counseling Resources
- Tools for Self-Care: Self-care Toolkit at Gritx.org
- Tips for Managing Stress
- Coping Strategies
- 30 Activities to Support Emotional Health
Care Solace Support
CareSolace is an online resource meant to assist individuals with finding local counseling-related services. To use CareSolace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers.
CareSolace takes into account all types of private insurance, as well as Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare when generating lists of referrals. If uninsured, CareSolace will also identify nearby care providers that allow individuals to pay out-of-pocket for services. CareSolace is available for use by FVSD students, families, and staff at no cost. Please note that this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. CareSolace does not require a user's name, address, phone number, or date of birth. Please use this link to reach out to CareSolace.
Middle School Counselors
FVSD Middle School Counselors are available to provide students with academic, social/emotional, and college and career support. Contact your Middle School Counselor via email by clicking on their name below:
- April Bandy @ Masuda or ([email protected])
- Allyson McFerran @ Fulton or ([email protected])
- Cheyenne King @ Talbert ([email protected])
Middle School Guidance Techs
FVSD Middle School Guidance Techs are available to provide students with support in the areas of attendance, academic and organizational support, as well as homework completion.
If immediate assistance is needed, do not wait for a response from these FVSD resources. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. Also, see the following emergency resources below.
Community Health Partners
As a reminder, please access your regular mental health care provider for support. If you have private insurance, consider calling your carrier for a referral list that matches your child's needs.
For those that are seeking alternatives, the following online therapy options are available:
- Good Therapy: goodtherapy.org
- Talkspace: talkspace.com
- BetterHelp: betterhelp.com
The above list is not a comprehensive list of providers in Orange County and is not a formal referral from FVSD. Please use discretion in selecting a mental health provider. Click on the link for additional community support and resources.
- Fountain Valley Police Department: 714-593-4485 (non-emergency line)
- Huntington Beach Police Department: 714-960-8811 (non-emergency line)
- OC Links: 855-625-4657
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 988
- Crisis Assessment Team (mobile county team): 866-830-6011
- California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
- Crisis Text Line: text START to 741741
- Didi Hirsch Mental Health 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-877-727-4747
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing Text Support: text HEARME to 839863
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress during natural or human-caused disasters. This national hotline is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress. The toll-free, multi-lingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Mental Health Resources Available through Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Children's Hospital of Orange County is an excellent source of information about how best to support the mental health of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Informational resources provided by CHOC include multiple online articles, blogs, and webinars accessible through these links:
- Supporting Kids During COVID-19 with Dr. Sharrone Herbert
Additional resources provided by CHOC include: