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 Department of Prevention & Intervention  |​  ​1350 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721  |   Phone: (559) 457-3​​​​​​​​​​​​​940  ​|  Fax: (559) 457-3373

Overview

Student comforting another student

Stude​nts and Parents/Caretakers: ​If you are concerned about the social emotional well-being of your child or a peer, please fill out the Online Social Emotional Support Referral above. If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately or take your child to the nearest hospital. ​Referrals are confidential and are forwarded by email to the administrative team in the Student Support Services Office.

Care Solace

Care Solace

“A simple, fast and safe tool for parents and students for mental health and substance use help.”

Care Solace ​is a FREE online resource that assists individuals in finding local mental health and substance use related programs and counseling services. Care Solace works with individuals who have insurance including Medi-Cal, Private Insurance, and those that have no insurance. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information that is entered is completely confidential and stored securely. ​Care Solace will find the right options that can help you right now for:​

Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma
  • Disruptive and Impulse Control

Substance Abuse

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Sedatives​

Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe

Know the Warning Signs

*If you see a warning sign, seek help immediately*​

  • ​Threats or comments about killing themselves such as “I wish I were dead” and “I won’t be around to deal with this much longer.”
  • Increase in risky behavior
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Social withdrawal
  • Saying goodbye to family or friends
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Talking, writing, posts on social media or thinking about death.
  • *It is important to remember the signs and risk factors listed are generalities. Not all students who contemplate or die by suicide will exhibit these kinds of symptoms AND not all students who exhibit these behaviors are suicidal* 

What Can I Do To Keep My Child Safe?

*If you see a warning sign, seek help immediately*

  • Ask: Do not be afraid to talk to your kids about suicide and mental health.
  • Actively listen: “help me understand what life is like for you right now.”
  • Take signs seriously: If you are seeing warning signs and risk factors, respond immediately.
  • Limit access: Restricting access to lethal means, especially access to firearms, prescription drugs and medications are important in the prevention of youth suicide.
  • Do not leave your child alone: Surround yourself with a support network or friends and family that can step in and help as needed.
  • Reach out: Contact the school or mental health professionals if you are concerned about your child.​

Social Emotional Resources for Families Available throughout the District

There are approximately over 16 million children diagnosed with a mental disorder such as ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, or depression–and 38% have experienced more than one type of traumatic event, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, societal pressures and environmental factors present challenges in the overall wellbeing of young people. Students and families may experience a time where social and emotional support is warranted. Fresno Unified School District has services throughout the district offered by trained staff at various school sites that can provide the appropriate supportive services.

Did You Know?​​​​

  • ​Fresno Unified schools (TK-12) have the following school support services available throughout the district that are provided by Psychologists, School Social Workers, Restorative Practice Counselors, Clinical School Social Workers, Restoring the Learning Environment Counselors (RLE) and School Nurses.  
  • There are over 40 School Social Workers or Clinical School Social Workers at designated school sites providing mental health services, individual/group counseling, case management, crisis intervention as well as psycho-education to students, parents, school sites and the community.
  • Fresno Unified has over 70 School Psychologists who are available throughout the district. They conduct psychological assessments, provide mental health services, provide academic and/or social and emotional guidance.
  • School Counselors provide services at all middle and high school sites. They provide academic, career and social emotional counseling to students.
  • The Mentoring Office provides students with the opportunity to connect with a mentor through various programs available:  School Site based mentoring, Community based mentoring, Worksite based mentoring, Peer Mentoring, e-mentoring, Adopt-a-School Partnership and Men’s and Women’s Alliance.
  • Restoring the Learning Environment Counselors (RLE) provide social emotional support to students, provide cultural broker services and are assigned to school sites with higher populations of Southeast Asian students.
  • School sites often contract with local community agencies to provide ongoing and accessible mental health services to students onsite.
  • Other school site supports from the school district may include Resource Counseling Assistants, Tier II Intervention Specialists and Behavior Intervention Specialists.
  • In accordance with AB 2246, FUSD provides suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services to students, families and staff members throughout the district. This includes education and awareness campaigns regarding warning signs and how to access help to parents, instruction to students at the secondary level and training to staff. The district’s policy also outlines our best practice approach to intervention and how we support students, families and schools in the event that a crisis does occur on one of our campuses.

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