Mental Health Awareness Month

Duluth Public Schools Weekly Newsletter in May

Supporting Someone Else

If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. Support leads to greater mental wellness by:

▪ Building connection, which is an antidote to stress.

▪ Creating increased vulnerability with someone else, which strengthens a bond.

▪ Fostering the feeling that you are not alone.

▪ Providing a space to gain perspective on the difficulty you’re experiencing.

To provide support, it starts with being an active listener. This is more than hearing what someone has to say, it is being present with them and asking open-ended questions to get more details about what they are experiencing. It is natural to try and share your own story to let them know that you have gone through something similar, just be careful not to compare because it can make someone feel like their pain isn’t valid. Sometimes people are struggling because of a mistake that they made, or you may think that they are overreacting, nevertheless, they are still feeling these feelings. It is also important to not judge and to put your own personal opinions and biases aside.

We often feel like we need to find a solution to what someone else is experiencing, but that may not be what they want. It is important to ask what you can do to support them. Processing what they are going through and letting them know that you are there to walk alongside them, can be powerful. Finally, if you have offered your support to someone and told them you would do something to help them, keep your word.
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Fourth Week of May in Classrooms

Students this week will be learning about how to help someone else who may be struggling with their mental health and the importance of showing care for others.
If You Missed The Parent Education Event

If you missed the parenting series that was scheduled on May 16th you will be able to find the recorded video of the presentation in the near future using this link as well as other previous parenting series videos by the Human Development Center.

5 Actions Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

How can you make a difference in suicide prevention? Learn about what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm by reading these 5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain: #shareNIMH
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If You're in Crisis, Help is Available

If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at any time to connect with a trained crisis counselor. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the U.S., call or text 988 or chat at, or visit #shareNIMH

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 Across Duluth Public Schools


Callie DeVriendt, MSW, LICSW

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