• Welcome to School Mental Health

    We are committed to providing a safe learning environment, free from bullying, discrimination, and harassment, and we will continue to ensure schools are safe spaces that provide resources and services for all in the Los Angeles Unified family who are affected by current atrocities around the world. 
    As we grieve the loss of life and feel the pain and suffering caused by the increasing number of global conflicts, it is essential to remember the critical role we all play for our students: to guide them in coping effectively with the stressors they may feel, especially those who share ties with communities directly involved.  
    To assist you and your efforts to support students, please access the Psychological First Aid resources below. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. Racial trauma is defined as the mental and emotional injury caused by race-based traumatic incidents and other forms of violence towards African Americans and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Children and youth may experience race-based traumatic incidents in various ways, including direct impact, indirect exposure, or through media outlets. 

    Responding to Crisis Incidents - English handout

    PFA for Crisis Incidents 

    Respondiendo a Incidentes de Crisis

    PFA for Crisis Incidents (Spanish) 

    Psychological First Aid: PFA for Ourselves - handout

    PFA for Educators

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    Tips for Parents and Educators As parents and educators, you can protect your children by helping them understand media coverage while limiting their exposure to distressing images.  

    Reactions you might see and how you can help in, Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators, a guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
    Please also visit the Human Relations Diversity and Equity website for tools and resources for building resilience in a time of global conflict, as well as honoring all from various backgrounds and different lived experiences. 


  • How to Access Mental Health Treatment

    The District is using telehealth technology to deliver a range of mental health services for students. All students can access this higher level of mental health care by contacting one of our mental health clinics or Wellness Center in your area.

    If you would like to access mental health services, please click the link below and follow instructions on how to submit a referral. 

    Click to Access SMH Clinic/Wellness Center Referrals

    You can also call (213) 241-3840 and request mental health services.

    The list of District Clinics and Wellness Centers can be found by clicking the Wellness Centers and Referral Forms link below.


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  • Contact

    LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
    E: lakisha.bridgewater@lausd.net

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017