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​​ Adjusting to Mask Mandate Changes​​​
Resources following a School Shooting
Resources followi​ng Mass Shooting
Resources for BIPOC Youth​​
Resources for LGBTQI+ and Trans Youth
Resources for Talking to Students about War​


Resources following a School Shooting​
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The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is devastating on so many levels and difficult to even begin to process. It is also challenging to shield our students and families from the round the clock stream of images and sound bites coming from television and social media. Students will often continue to discuss these events at school and in their classroom. The following resources are available to support administrators, educators, and school based mental health staff with navigating these discussions with students. 

Child Mind Institute 

National Association of School Psychologists

Common Sense Media

Facing History and Ourselves

School Crisis Center

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Healthy Children

Turnaround for Children

​​​Resources following Mass Shooting​
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Recently, we have all witnessed the devastating effects that the mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and in our own Laguna Woods neighborhood have had on our communities. It is difficult to shield our students and families from the round the clock stream of images and sound bites coming from television and social media. Students will often continue to discuss these events at school and in their classroom. The following resources are available to support administrators, educators, and school based mental health staff with navigating these discussions with students.

Anti-Defamation League

Facing History and Ourselves

School Crisis Center

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Healthy Children

Resources for BIPOC Youth​​​

Racism and Mental Health 
People of color and all those whose lives have been marginalized by those in power experience life differently from those whose lives have not been devalued. They experience overt racism and bigotry far too often, which leads to a mental health burden that is deeper than what others may face. (Source: Mental Health America)

Racism is a mental health issue because racism causes trauma. And trauma paints a direct line to mental illnesses, which need to be taken seriously. (Source: Mental Health America, 2022)


BEAM is an organization whose mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts.

BEAM has created a Community Support Plan tool to help communities take care of each other. The Community Care Support plan can be used to support someone who is in distress, to maintain access needs or continue every day care.


United We Dream
Immigrant youth-led network in the country, whose members leading the fight for the dignity and respect of all immigrants


Find organizations, articles, and other resources that American Indian and Alaska Native communities can use to promote mental wellness.


Combat Hate Crimes Toolkit and Legal Resources created by: National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum (APIAHF) *Translated into 25 languages

5 Things Educators Can Do to Address Bias in Their School (Watch video to ensure it is appropriate)

Refugee Resources

​​​Resources for LGBTQI+ and Trans Youth

In recent months, several Anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been passed in different parts of the country. The following site explains the different bills and the impact on the LGBTQ+ community living within those states: 

The following resources are available to support you and your efforts in addressing LGBTQ+ students and allies in your districts/schools as they face recent anti-LGBTQ legislation and subsequent media coverage.

Human Rights Campaign

ACLU Southern California

ACLU

Center of Excellence LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

National Education Association

Edutopia

Research has demonstrated that LGBTQ+ and Trans youth often experience disparities in academic performance, school engagement, and mental health compared to their non-LGBTQ+ and Trans classmates (Hanson, ZHang, Cerna, et. al., 2019). The following resources provide guidance and toolkits you can implement to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ and Trans students. 

GLSEN

OC Student Mental Health Resource Directory
Identity Support Plan Template​ ​​ ​​

​​​Resources for Talking to Students about War

The recent tragic events in Ukraine have evoked various emotions for many, including youth. Please see the below resources to share with your team and school staff. 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

CHOC

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS

Our students want and need to talk about what they see, remember, and are feeling. They need the guidance and safety of adults in their home and in their schools to navigate their own emotions and trauma in a healthy, safe, and productive way. 

For All Ages

For Elementary/Middle School Students 

For Military Families
The San Diego County Office of Education creates and curates resources to support military families and students and sch​ools that serve military children.​