- Bullying - Bullying includes verbal, non-verbal, physical or emotional acts against another student either in person, via electronic device, or online.
- Damage or Harm to School or Property - Damage or harm to school property includes intentional destruction to the school or school property in a harmful or malicious manner.
- Discrimination or Harassment - Discrimination or harassment includes acts against another person on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, age, or personal beliefs in person, via electronic device or online.
- Harm to Self or Others - Harm includes intent or desire to injure yourself or others.
Link to Common Sense Media.
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness
- Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits
- Significant changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings
- Ask the difficult question. "Have you had thoughts about killing yourself?" Do not offer unrealistic reassurances.
- Paraphrase what you are hearing the student say. This will support your ability to monitor how accurately you are understanding what the student is saying. For example, "I understand when you say that you aren't sure if you want to live or die, but have you always wanted to die? Well, maybe there's a chance you won't feel that way forever. I can help."
- Providing information about a current or upcoming life transition can help lessen anxiety. Remember, your job is not to act in the role of the mental health professional.
- Connect the student with a counselor, administrator or social worker immediately. Maintain visual contact with student at all times.
- Always provide a student with a 24-hour crisis number. Have them put the contact information into their phone if possible.
- Be aware of the identified individuals on your site who are working with you to provide more long-term professional support.
- The student could be in a state of chaos and confusion, so how you model your emotions is key.
- In an effort to provide support, be careful that you are not providing your opinions.
- Avoid being impatient, judgmental or shocked.
- Be careful not to minimize the student's experience but do not overreact as it may cause the student to shut down.
- Base the foundation of your relationship on honesty and trust.
- Do not promise secrecy in an effort to glean information regarding the crisis.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others, contact 911
- LUSD Social Workers, Academic Counselors, and School Psychologists
- San Joaquin County Crisis Center: (209) 468-8686
- National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-SAFE
National call center refers to local resources; Spanish plus 160 other languages available; no caller ID used. https://www.thehotline. org/help/
- Childhelp.org 1-800-4-ACHILD
(224453)Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
- 1-866-488-7386 – The Trevor Project, 24-hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth. TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678678 www.
- (209) 468-3685– San Joaquin County Youth Warm Line- Available to call daily (excluding holidays) from 11:30am to 8pm. Free and available to all youth, regardless of insurance
- In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor from anywhere in the United States, anytime 24/7, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. https://www.
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. We can help prevent suicide The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. https://
To support students, schools, and communities during this challenging time, the CDE has gathered information regarding mental health resources, including links for students to get direct access to mental health professionals. The new “Help for Students in Crisis” web page includes crisis and warm line numbers, along with other COVID-19-related resources for providing virtual mental health services, and information for mental health providers, families, and youth: https://www.cde.ca.gov/