Mental Health and Wellness

Recognizing when people in our lives are struggling with emotional pain and helping them feel comfortable to talk about it can help prevent mental health crises, including suicide. Learning the warning signs, knowing how to start a conversation, and knowing where to get professional help can make a powerful, life-changing difference.

#1 Know the signs

Warning signs of suicidal thoughts indicate that someone might be in acute danger and urgently need help, and they can vary by age, gender, sexuality & cultural identity.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain, wanting it to end or not wanting to wake up
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Learn more about:

Youth warning signs

Risk & protective factors

LGBTQI+ warning signs

#2 Find the words

If you are worried about someone's mental health, it is important to have the courage to start the conversation, share what you notice, listen empathetically, and offer help.

  • Ask about how they are doing, if they are having thoughts of suicide, ending their life, or pain
  • Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
  • Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
  • Reflect on what they share and let them know they have been heard
  • Tell them they are not alone- let them know there are people and treatments available that can help
  • If you or they are concerned, guide them to additional professional help

#3 Reach out for help

Keep a list of crisis and local resources to refer to if needed.

For crisis support:

  • Call the lifeline at 988 or text "HELP" to 741741 for free crisis counseling 24/7/365
  • Call 9-1-1 and request a crisis-trained responder
  • Go to your local emergency room

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Learn more about how to know the signs, find the words, and reach out for help here.

Parenting Resources

Strong Families Yolo is a website created by Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) as a project of the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) that encourages everyone to play a part in caring for Yolo children and strengthening Yolo families.
Yolo County Children's Alliance Parent Education Guides
Four Ways to Support Teens' Social Emotional Development
10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home
Giant List of Regulating Activities for Children.pdf


Belly Breathing for Kids

Belly Breathing Sesame Street

Just Breathe
Yoga class
6 Mindfulness Activities You Can Do As a Family 

(English) (Spanish) 7 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids and Families

(English) (Spanish) Mindfulness Exercises (English) (Spanish)

Guided Meditations - in English and Spanish Mindfulness for Teens

100 Free Social Emotional Learning Tools

Emotional Regulation

Red Light, Green Light (English version)

Red Light, Green Light (Spanish version)

Freeze Dance Game (English version)

Freeze Dance Game (Spanish version)
Feelings of Control (English)(Spanish)

Coping Skills Worksheet (English) (Spanish)
The Helpful Counselor - 18 coping skills & activities

Positive and Negative Self Talk 

Deep Breathing for Kids

Calming Anxiety - Coping Skills

Mental Health Resources
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The 5th annual Building a Resilient Yolo Summit will be held on September 19th at the Davis Veterans Memorial Center. This year's theme is "Healing Yolo: Connect, Reflect, Act". Click here for more information and to register.

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Social Emotional Support Form

If you are worried about a student’s social emotional well-being or mental health fill out this form and a referral will be sent to a school counselor or another staff member who will provide support for the student.  

Cara Messmore 
Director of Student Support Services
[email protected]

Annette Preciado
Prevention & Crisis Manager
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Camica Edwards
Foster/Homeless Liaison
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