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Back-to-School Resources for Youth

Going back to school can be stressful. Learn how to get help when you need it.

Returning to school can feel overwhelming. It’s OK to feel this way. Here are resources to support you, your family or friends.
Together for Wellness: Kids & Teens

Find videos and resources for kids and teens to help support your mental and emotional well-being.

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Child Mind Institute Videos for Students

These evidence-based resources teach a set of mental health skills that can help now and for the rest of your life.

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Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Operating Hours: 24/7

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health or substance use-related crisis, the Lifeline network is available 24/7.

Call or text 988, or chat at

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Operating Hours: 24/7

CalHope offers safe, secure, and culturally sensitive emotional support for all Californians who have experienced emotional challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call or chat: 1-833-317-4673

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Local Help & Support

If you want help connecting to a mental health professional, you can find resources based in the county where you live.

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Back to School Resources for Parents, Family and Friends

Want to support your child’s mental health as they return to school? Check out these resources.

Going back to school can be challenging for many kids. Learn how you can support your child or loved one during this time, and discover strategies to help you break the cycle of toxic stress.

Stress Busters for Families

A checklist for families from the California Surgeon General’s Office that provides strategies for reducing stress and feeling better.

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Strategies to Help Caregivers Stay Calm in Difficult Moments

Staying calm in stressful moments can help build your bond with your child and keep your relationship strong.

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Toxic Stress Video

By recognizing and taking steps to treat toxic stress, you can break the cycle for yourself and for your kids, so they grow up to be successful, healthy and strong.

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Learn About Your Preschooler’s Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional development shapes how your child interacts with the world.

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Parenting and Behavior Management Strategies (Preschooler)

Being exposed to more environments (like daycare or preschool) and people (like teachers and new friends) helps your child learn how to act and respond in different situations.

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Child Mind Institute Videos for Parents

Use these evidence-based resources to spark important conversations and teach your kids a set of essential mental health skills.

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Back-to-School Resources for Schools & Teachers

We all need help sometimes. Learn how you can support the mental health of your students this back-to-school season.

Find tools and resources for schools and teachers to support students who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Angst | Building Resilience

A film-based mental health support program, endorsed by educators, psychiatrists and mental health advocates. Tools and information for parents and educators available on the website.

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Redirecting Grief to Growth | A Trusted Space

Listen to teachers, parents, students, and experts discuss how to mitigate the effects of anxiety and trauma. The film is accompanied by a curriculum that provides a practical and empathetic understanding of how trauma impacts behavior and learning, and how to manage it within any classroom setting.

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Together for Wellness: Back-to-School for Teachers

Explore tools to help you talk to and support your students as well as resources to practice self-care.

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Trauma Informed Schools: An Educator’s Story

Watch how one Sonoma County school is using trauma-informed practices to empower educators and help students thrive. Part of the California Surgeon General’s ACEs storytelling series, this one is especially for our educators!

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Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids

These resources can help you teach your students the mental health skills they need to be ready to learn.

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Greater Good Education Program

Provides educators with resources and methods to successfully implement social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in schools and classrooms.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Participate in an important training on how to best help young people experiencing both crisis and non-crisis mental health challenges and how to recognize warning signs of mental health concerns.

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How Educators Can Address Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

California’s Acting Surgeon General Dr. Devika Bhushan discusses childhood adversity and the impact of toxic stress on learning in this article for Kaiser Permanente.

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Child Mind Institute Videos for Educators

These evidence-based resources can help you teach your students the mental health skills they need to be more ready to learn.

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