Mental Health Awareness Month

Duluth Public Schools Weekly Newsletter in May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Spread the word that mental health is important for all of us and that it is okay to seek help when you need it. Connect with friends, family and other people to engage in a conversation about the importance of mental health and the importance of ending the stigma.

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Self Care

We all have mental health, and it is important for us to take care of ourselves. Self-care is the practice of taking care of oneself. It may take purposeful effort, but it can help with maintaining or improving your daily mental well-being.

It is important to note that self-care is not a selfish act and doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. It can be whatever you make it and is an intentional way to care for yourself. There are many different forms of self-care, and it is important for you to find out what works best for you. Below are a few different forms of selfcare, according to the Mental Health Coalition:

▪ Physical: Addresses stress that lives in your body. It alleviates physical pain or tension that either causes or results from mental stress. This can include fitness, dance, aromatherapy, rest, yoga, sports, sitting outside in the sunshine and getting fresh air, etc.

▪ Emotional: Involves tending to your own internal emotional world – especially your mood and feelings. This can include connecting with others, psychotherapy, journaling or creative writing, art, etc.

▪ Cognitive: Engages in activities that are intellectually rewarding and/or stimulating. This can include reading, writing, listening to books or podcasts, watching films, psychotherapy.

▪ Spiritual: This can take many different forms and does not have to be tied to formal religion. It means getting in touch with the less tangible aspects of yourself and the world around you. This can include meditation, deep-breathing, connecting with a spiritual or religious community, mantras, etc.

To better take care of yourself, identify a few different forms of self-care that you would like to try or have tried and liked, schedule a time to engage in and enjoy these forms of self-care, and continue regularly until it becomes a part of your daily life.

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Did you know?

  • This week in Duluth Public Schools students will be learning about self care and coping skills and how they can be valuable for our mental health.

  • In pre-k through 8th grade all students are taught social emotional learning skills in their schools through a curriculum called Second Step. "Social and emotional learning is an integral part of education and human development and is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and making responsible and caring decisions." (CASEL)

Supporting Families Parenting Series

HDC Parent Education Event:

Recognize Warning Signs and Helping Your Child Respond

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

5:30-7 p.m.

Zoom Virtual Meeting

This event will focus on identifying signs of emotional distress, peer conflicts and pressure, and how to communicate with your child and help them respond. We will also explore how you as a parent are able to regulate and respond to your child.

This is a free 90-minute seminar. No prior assessments or relationship to HDC is needed to attend.

Parent Education Event Registration

If you are interesting in attending the parent education event above please click on this link to bring you to a website to get registered.

988 Crisis Line

People can call or text 988 for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health related distress. That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental heath or substance use crisis, or
  • Any other kind of emotion distress

Duluth Public Schools Mental Health Webpage

Our webpage includes information about mental health services across Duluth Public Schools including contact information for School Social Workers, Counselors & Psychologists as well as information about therapy services in our schools & community.

For more information about this newsletter or mental health services in Duluth Public Schools


Callie DeVriendt, MSW, LICSW

District Mental Health & Social, Emotional Behavioral Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator

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