TUSD Mental Health Services Newsletter, 1:1
Dear staff and parents,
Welcome to the first installment of Building Resilience; a newsletter highlighting mental health in education, program updates, commentary on topics of interest, resources, and assistance. It is sent directly to your inbox with the latest edition of the newsletter.
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About the Mental Health Services Program
The Mental Health Services (MHS) team is made up of clinically trained therapists. Our MHS team has grown significantly over the past five years to meet the mental health needs of all TUSD students. We provide individual and group counseling to general education students. Additionally, we facilitate workshops, offer consultation, and collaborate with local community agencies. Students are referred for therapeutic services by their principal and school counselor.
As a team, we aim to be recognized as an entity of support to general education students affected by social-emotional hindrances which prevent them from achieving their educational goals. Moreover, the Mental Health Services Team seeks to project a broad psychoeducational impact by normalizing mental health services throughout the district.
Defining Mental Health
As per the CDC, Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
It’s important to remember that a person’s mental health can also change over time, depending on many factors. When the demands placed on a person exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health could be impacted; especially if it's on-going. For example; living through a pandemic, inability to meet with friends and family and attend school as we used to can be very stressful for all of us. Children, unlike adults, often don't have the same tools for problem solving, communicating and self soothing, which may lead to feeling stuck and needing additional support and resources.
When to Seek Support*
If the symptoms or distress your child is experiencing is affecting their education, you may reach out to your school counselor or administrator. They may be eligible to receive school-based mental health services. It is not a guaranteed service.
*Adapted from CHOC Mental Health Tool Kit
We Support our Schools in Many Ways
Depending on the situation or circumstance of each student, we offer services to help mitigate their mental health concerns. When traditional teacher and counselor's support is not enough, we are here to help.
One-on-one therapeutic services provide individualized attention, a sense of confidentiality and trust, and gives the process and interventions a better chance to meet goals.
Groups provide an opportunity to address concerns and behaviors from a supportive perspective. Students can empathize and problem solve with each other, under the facilitation of a professional therapist.
Mental health specialists are available to manage crisis situations through the district. They assess risk and provide intervention in the best interest of the students.
Thank you for welcoming Building Resilience. In order to grow our newsletter, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. This will not only help us provide you with more resources through this newsletter, but it will allow the Mental Health Services team develop more programs and services throughout the district.