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Maria Ruelas
Maria Ruelas, Ed.D
District Social Worker
Ext. 50130

Counseling & Mental Health Resources

Mental Health

Taking care of mental health needs and maintaining a sense of connectedness with others is extremely important. The LESD Student Support Services Department provides resources and help to support the Lawndale community

Counseling promotes affirmation, respect, and equal opportunity for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Counseling also promotes awareness of issues related to sexual orientation/gender identity among students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community.  The Lawndale Elementary School District is committed to eliminate barriers that impede student development and achievement in academics, career and personal/social development of all students.

Practicing Healthy Habits

Individuals feeling confined and claustrophobic should begin a healthy routine in order to manage anxiety and stress 

The following is a list of helpful tips: 

  • Connect with loved ones: Call, text or video chat 
  • Set a limit on media consumption and stay informed with credible sources 
  • Take care of your body. Get proper sleep, eat well and exercise regularly 
  • Make time to relax. Deep breathing exercises, meditation or yoga can greatly help 
  • Try a new hobby or finish projects that you've put off 
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol to numb anxieties 
  • Stay focused on your personal strengths and maintain your purpose
  • Join and participate in virtual communities based on your interest and hobbies 
Know the Signs

The public should be aware of and use the following tips and guidance, provided by the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Public Health

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can be demonstrated as: 

  • Fear and worrying about personal health and the health of loved ones 
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Worsening of chronic health problems 
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs 

There are some people who may experience stress more acutely during this time. For example: 

  • Older people and individuals with underlying health conditions who are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19
  • Health care providers, first responders and other individuals who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response 
  • People with mental health conditions and substance use disorders
Get Help: Services to Support You and Your Loved Ones

LESD Student Support Services 

  • (310) 973-1300 Extension 50130

USC Telehealth Services 

  • (866) 740-6502

Dial 211 for Essential Community Services

Employee Assistance Services for Education (EASE) 

  • (800) 882-1341

Department of Mental Health 

  • (800) 854-7771

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline

  • (800) 985- 5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 800-846-8517)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • (800) 799-7233 and (800) 787-3224
Our Partners

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