Social Emotional Counseling

Counseling and Mental Health Resources

Dear Parent and Guardians,

If you have another student that attends one of the LAUSD schools in our community remember you can also receive support services from them. LAUSD School Mental Health (SMH) professionals promote the mental health, well-being, and academic achievement of all LAUSD students. Parents and staff can work together to improve student’s mental health and promote academic success. 

Just as it is important to secure the physical health of your child it is also important to prioritize their mental health needs. Parents and families can strengthen mental health in the home environment to improve their child’s ability to bounce back from stressful situations.

SMH Trainings/Workshops are available for Parents/Guardians:

Click here: Resilient Families / Familias Fuertes Surveys 

How to Get Help for My Child

Like adults, children can experience environmental stress in school, the community and at home (e.g. Divorce, death of a loved one, community violence, school or home transitions, bullying, etc.). These stressors can often lead to changes in your child’s mood and/or behavior.  Without healthy coping skills, the emotions caused by stressors children are facing can result in challenges at school and in the home. 

Signs to look for:

• Changes in mood, behavior,
  or appearance

• Low grades

• Not wanting to attend school
  or skipping class

• Low motivation

• Irritable/easily angered

• Feelings of sadness and

• Difficulty concentrating

• Changes in appetite or sleep

• Aggressive behaviors

• Loss of interest in activities
  that are enjoyable

• Feeling overly worried

What to do:

• Contact the support staff at your child’s school for help with linkage to counseling services

• Apply for mental health services through one of several LAUSD Wellness Centers.

• Access or call 211 for additional information on counseling services.





Parents/Caregivers - Self-Care

As a parent/caregiver, juggling the roles and responsibilities of career, family life and parenting is challenging. Often you may find yourself neglecting your own needs. In order to take care of your children it is important to take care of yourself first. Practicing self-care is an important step to becoming a better parent. When parents engage in effective self-care practices, they exhibit more energy and patience to deal with daily stressors. Self-Care includes all the things you do to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Some examples include: 

  • Eat regular nutritious meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Turn off all electronics
  • Get enough sleep
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Keep work and family life separate 
  • Learn how to say “no” to extra responsibilities 
  • Practice deep breathing 

    To learn more about Self-Care tips for parents, click the resources below:

Physical, Social and Spiritual Tips - English & Spanish

Positive & Tranquil Tips

Early Childhood Self Care Tips

Deep Breathing Exercises
My Self-Care Action Plan
Self-Care Plan - English & Spanish
Stress Factsheet - English & Spanish

If after implementing self-care you still find yourself feeling irritable, tired, withdrawn, and/or overwhelmed, seeking counseling or therapy can be helpful. Going to therapy does not mean that something is “wrong” with you. It shows initiative over your personal health and the well-being of your family.

At The Guidance Center, we want to let our clients, and you, know we are still here, and we can help.
En The Guidance Center, queremos que nuestros clientes, y usted, sepan que todavía estamos aquí,
y podemos ayudar.
The Guidance Center
  • Food resources/Recursos Alimentarios
  • Educational services and resources/Servicios y Recursos Educativos
  • Employment resources/ Servicios y Recursos de Empleo
  • Housing resources/Recursos de Vivienda
  • LGBTQ and community resources/LGBTQ + Recursos Comunitarios 
  • Utilities and Services resources/  Recursos de Servicios Públicos/
  • Resources for the undocumented community/Recursos para la Comunidad Indocumentada
  • Other miscellaneous resources/Otros Recursos Misceláneos

POLAHS has one full-time Social Emotional Counselor who is responsible for student programs and services that promote well-being such as:

  • Counseling that is need-based, proactive, flexible, and solution-based
  • Services to students that include individual counseling, group counseling and crisis intervention
  • Referrals to outside community agencies and resources
  • Students to and supervise on-campus counseling opportunities by outside agencies
  • Intervention meetings with administration, teachers and parents


Student and Parent Mental Health Resources

We provide families with in-person and virtual support through the Families Connected Parent Chat, Speaker Series, partner school events, and the Parent Connect Walking Group. the Families Connected e-newsletter, and SBFC social media pages.
No matter your child's age, our Families Connected Videos (click to view video library), will provide you with tips and tools that you can use to help them navigate technology and social media in healthy ways, build resilience, and foster healthy relationships. All South Bay parents and caregivers are welcome at these free videos!
SBFC Videos
Parent Resources
National Human Trafficking Resources
Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is a crime! Hotlines are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
Call 1-888-7888 or The California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at 1-888-KEY-2FRE(EDOM) or 1-888-539-2373
Mental Health America LA
Information about mental health topics, mental health screenings, resources for finding help and ways to get involved.
Crisis and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ+ youth, support center with answers to frequently asked questions and information about upcoming events.
Learn about warning signs and symptoms for mental health conditions, find support and learn ways to get involved.
Information about mental health, stories of individuals experiencing a  mental health challenge, mental health resources, and ways to get involved.
Information about mental health, stories of individuals experiencing a mental health challenge, tools for talking to people in your life about mental health, and information about starting a mental health awareness club.
Films made by teens regarding suicide prevention and mental health. Talk to an adult at your school about bringing Directing Change to your school.
Information about anxiety, how to cope with anxiety, talking to your parents, and what to ask a therapist.
Information on warning signs for suicide, how to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about, and crisis resources.
Information about eating disorders, screening tools, and resources for getting help.
1-800-273-8255 (24 hours a day)
Information and referrals for counseling, emergency shelters, financial assistance, crisis hotlines, rape crisis and domestic violence:
DIAL 211 (24 hours a day) From outside Los Angeles 1-800-339-6993
LA County substance abuse hotline 1(844) 804-7500
Founded in 1980 to help adolescents address their problems through a confidential peer hotline and community outreach program.
1-310-855-4673 or 1-800-852-8336
Text "TEEN" to 839863



Activities and ideas to help manage the urge to self-harm.

Meditations for different topics including stress, anxiety, self-esteem, and sleep.

Meditations for different topics including stress, anxiety, relationships, and sleep.

Create a plan for staying safe and reaching out to others when you’re having thoughts of suicide.

Improve your mood with fun activities and games, practice relaxation, and keep track of your progress.