Resources to Help Students and Families

  • Resources to Help Students and Families During Closure and COVID-19

    District Partnerships to Support Student Wellness 


    Southwest Behavioral Health Services
    DVUSD students who are currently receiving services virtually from Southwest Behavioral Health Services or parents interested in learning more about the counseling services Southwest Behavioral Health Services can offer their student(s) should contact Alysson Zatarga at 602-686-1016 or email at AlyssonZ@SBHSERVICES.ORG

    Arizona Youth and Family Services
    DVUSD students who are currently receiving services virtually from Arizona Youth and Family Services and/or parents interested in learning more about the counseling services for their student(s) should contact Arizona Youth and Family Services at 602-277-4833. 

    COVID-19 Talking Points
    Click Here to access an article from AZ PBS, 10 tips for talking about COVID-19 with your kids.


    Click Here for suggestions from NASP about Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource


    Click Here to read what the CDC says about Talking with children about Coronavirus: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children   As public conversations around coronavirus COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.


    Click Here to learn some helpful tips from the CDC on how to manage stress and anxiety.  The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a virus can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. 


    Mental Health Wellness 

    Click Here for a Guided Visualization to calm your mind (Khan Academy).


    Click Here for Tips for Staying Connected.  For our collective health and well-being, we must adhere to the requirements of social distancing. Physical distance, however, does not mean we need to remain socially disconnected or isolated. In fact, individuals, families, and communities can maintain the one thing we all need right now…social connection! Here are some clear, concrete tips for physically distancing while staying emotionally and socially connected.


    Crisis Contact Information

    Click Here for Teen Lifeline - 602-248-8336 (TEEN) if you need immediate help and to learn next steps for yourself, your teen or your student.


    ***Important Message from Teen Lifeline regarding COVID-19***

    In response to COVID-19 and statewide school closures, Teen Lifeline is now expanding our crisis texting service hours to Arizona youth through our free, confidential and anonymous hotline. We know that students being away from friends and trusted adults will mean that they need us now more than ever. Please encourage youth to call or text if they are struggling and need someone to talk to. Teen Lifeline is also available to parents and other adults who are in need of resources for their children. The following are our new hotline hours.

    Teen Lifeline: call/text 602-248-8336

    • Calling remains available 24/7
    • Texting available extended hours 12pm-9pm on weekdays and 3pm-9pm on weekends.
    • Peer counselors are still available from 3pm to 9pm every day.

    Click Here to access a list of free mental/emotional wellness resources, like mediations, music, sleep stories, and more.  Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. This website is sharing some of the tools used to take care of our minds and stay grounded.


    Click Here to access Lifeline Chat.  Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

    If you are in crisis, call 602-222-9444 or 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at


    Click Here to learn more about the Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741.  Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.