Each Mind Matters: Mental Illness Awareness Month

    Each Mind Matters is California’s mental health movement, represented by the lime green ribbon.  Learn about mental health, listen to stories, get involved, and support a student, teacher, parent or family member during Mental Illness Awareness Month. Click on the graphic above for more information.


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  • Mission Statement 

    School Mental Health professionals promote the mental health, well-being and academic achievement of all LAUSD students.

    School Mental Health professionals support positive student connections with peers, family, school and community to facilitate student development. They also facilitate the ability to successfully deal with problems, crises, or traumatic experiences. Furthermore, School Mental Health professionals foster resiliency - the ability to bounce back from challenges with a stronger sense of self-confidence and coping capacity - by promoting healthy relationships, self-reflection, and problem-solving skills to optimize school success.
    To contact the central office:
    Pia Escudero, Director
    Cecilia Ramos, Assistant Director 
    (213)241-3305 fax 
  • School Mental Health - Mental Health Awareness Month - Newsletter

    13 Reasons Why 

    A new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is currently trending with our youth. It portrays the death by suicide of a young adolescent and includes graphic depictions of her death, bullying, substance abuse, and sexual assault. Watching this series without having a healthy adult to guide and process the content can be dangerous to some of our most vulnerable youth. Please click on the various resources and links below for help and information.  If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please know that there is help and that suicide is preventable.

    For a parent letter template, talking points about the series and resources for students, parents/guardians, and educators visit our Resources section.


    Blue Whale Challenge

    There is a new online game that has been trending with youth around the globe on social media called The Blue Whale Challenge. Disguised as a game to attract players, the challenge encourages participants to engage in a series of dangerous and harmful activities that culminate in a person’s death by suicide. It is important for parents to be aware of this trend and monitor their child’s social media.

    For a parent letter template and resources for students, parents/guardians, and educators visit our Resources section.

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