Mental Health Resources

Dear Hemet USD Community,

We are continuously grateful for the patience and support you have displayed, as we have responded and adjusted plans according to county and state guidance to this rapidly changing situation.

The current state of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 may cause anxiety, especially for our students and their families. This difficult time may heighten existing symptoms associated with mental health challenges.

In times where there is uncertainty and a rapidly changing situation, it is critical that as a community we pause academic focuses and concentrate on the physical and emotional health of students, staff, and their families

If you or an immediate family member need professional support in dealing with the anxieties, stress or added mental health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact your mental health provider or use CareSolace, our personalized mental health concierge services available, 24/7 for all Hemet Unified families. CareSolace may be reached at (888) 515-0595 or visit, www.caresolace.com/hemetfamilies.

Additionally, during the COVID-19 outbreak, the following resource may be accessed throughout California: CA Peer-Support Warm Line, 1-855-845-7415.

Finally, if you begin to feel like you are struggling, here are some key steps you may take as recommended by mental health professionals.

  1. Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it’s helpful to focus on those. Stay healthy! Remember to take measures to maintain your physical wellness and remind others to maintain their health as well. Limit your consumption of news and social media.
  2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others.
  3. Get outside in nature--even if you are avoiding crowds. When the sun is shining, the dose of vitamin D, fresh air and quality time with family is beneficial. Exercise also helps both your physical and mental health.
  4. Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. This is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
  5. Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.

We urge you to please take care of yourself and your family’s physical and mental health during this uncertainty.

Sincerely,

HUSD District Administration and Student Support Services