Helix Wellness Center

Welcome to the month of March! Here are some great resources for students and parents. 

A guided self-reflection exercise for exploring life's challenges and finding solutions that fit you.
Build your Grit

Some Helpful Facts for Families: Helping Teenagers with Stress.

Celebrating Black History Month:


Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 12:00pm CT 
Taking the Natural Step to Sustainability, Health and Saving Money and the Planet 
with Terry Gips

Friday, February 19, 2021, at 12:00pm CT 
Black History: Celebrating Family & Community Sustainability
with Alexandra James and Katthe Wolf

American Psychological Association: Helping Kids with Missing Milestones

We hope you all had a safe and restful break.  We have compiled some resources and webinars for the New Year. 

NAMI California



Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 12:00pm CT
Boundaries and Healthy Communication during the New Year
with Ahmad Abojaradeh

Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 12:00pm CT 
Developing & Sustaining Relationships through Virtual Service Delivery
with Eva Rivera  

Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00pm CT 
A Path Towards Building Authentic Relationships and Creating Institutional Change: Allyship
with Carol Mizoguchi 


Miércoles, 6 de enero, 2021, a la 1:30 pm CT 
Cómo Prevenir y Afrontar la Fatiga Pandémica
con Ana Laura Garza García

Jueves, 7 de enero, 2021, a la 1:30 pm CT 
El Mejor Año de tu Vida: Parte 1
con Javier Díaz

Viernes, 8 de enero, 2021, a la 1:30 pm CT 
El Mejor Año de tu Vida: Parte 2
con Javier Díaz

Dear Parents/Guardian and Students,

On behave of the Wellness Center, we would like to wish everyone a safe holiday. Here are some helpful resources during the holidays.  

No-Cost Holiday Meals and Gift Assistance Programs

Tips for reducing stress, helping kids cope and making new traditions. 

Social and Emotional Strategies at HomeDuring COVID-19 by the San Diego County of Education

Helping Teens with Gratitude can help with teen mental health.

What Is Gratitude?

Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.

Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. It's taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens — whether it's a small thing or a big thing.

We can use lots of words to describe feelings of gratitude: We might say we feel thankful, lucky, fortunate, humbled, or blessed (Teen Health from Nermurs). 

Helplines and Support:

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8266
NAMI: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org
Mental Health America: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text MHA to 741741

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We would like to thank you for staying strong and being resilent during these difficult times.  We have compiled a list of resources and webinars.  

La Mesa Rental Assistance Program will be accepting a second round of applications from 11/2/20 at 8am to 11/4/2020 at 6pm. First come first serve. 

Food assistance and Distribution Locations


Check out the website for the entire list of free webinars being offered in English and Spanish.

Go to link: Be Strong Families

Families for Depression Awareness

Understanding Teen Depression

Register to Watch on Demand

October Resources and Information:

Anxiety Support Group
Wednesday at 2:00 PM. 
Please refer to the flyer for more details. 

2020 Youth Leadership Academy from Pride and Project Youth

Youth Leadership Academy

Saturday, November 14th - Sunday, November 15th


FREE (Apply here)

Please apply for this wonderful opportunity!!

Red Ribbon Week October 23-31

This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free 

The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. It also serves as a reminder that we are all empowered with shaping the communities around us through positivity, bravery and strength (2020 national family partnership).

Red Ribbon Resources:

Student Resources on where to get help with drug addiction and other information of drug prevention.

Drug prevention and education resources for parents, educators, and caregivers

Drug prevention and education resources for teens. 

September Resources:

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month:
We would like to share resources and spread awareness.  This topic is highly stigmatized and often not talked about but with understanding and compassion we can all make a difference. 


Please Clink on link for Resources from 

This event is raising Awareness for Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Click below to watch now and hear powerful stories of resiliency from speakers like Lexi Underwood, Lavendaire, and Emma Benoit, along with entertaining performances from Tate McRae, Shin Lim, and Fuego!


Click here to watch on YouTube

Click here to watch on the LivingWorks Youth Summit website

August Resources:

Housing Resource: City of La Mesa 

Homestart (Rental Assistance) Application Closed

Teens: (Teen Health from Nemours)

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Parents Resources: (Child Mind Institute)

Black Lives Matters

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, please visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/

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Dear Students, if you have been impacted by the loss of your classmates, we have set up a support system
to assist you.

Contact your Grade Level Team or the Wellness Center Social Workers to get connected to individual or group support.

Class of 2022: glt2022@helixcharter.net
Class of 2023: glt2023@helixcharter.net
Class of 2021: glt2021@helixcharter.net
Class of 2020: glt2020@helixcharter.net

Wellness Center:
Mrs. Yee: yee@helixcharter.net (619) 405-6588 Make an Appointment Via Calendly
Mrs. Fernandez fernandez@helixcharter.net (619) 405-2386 Make an Appointment Via Calendly

Our community partner San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) will be providing additional individual and group support through zoom/phone. Contact your GLT or the Wellness Center to be connected to these supports.



Hello students we hope you are all doing well.  In this time of social distancing we would like to continue to support your mental health needs and set up ways to provide counseling support. 

Here is a helpful link that provides positive coping strategies that you can do at home gritx.org.  

We are here for you. You may email or leave a message on our work cell phones to request a virtual or phone call meeting appointment. We will respond to emails within regular school hours.  

Lorena Fernandez: fernandez@helixcharter.net (619) 405-2386

Danielle Yee: yee@helixcharter.net (619) 405-6588

We have some great resources to help with our mental health. Please check them out. We will add new ones periodically. 

San Diego County Office of Education
Kids Health
    Kids Health Relaxing Breathing        

Smiling Mind (free mindfulness program on web or app)
    Thrive Inside (Smiling Mind's program specific to Covid-19 social distancing)

Take care and stay safe,
Mrs. Fernandez and Mrs. Yee

Dear Guardians/Parents, 

We understand that we are experiencing  a lot of uncertainty and fear due the COVID-19  pandemic the world is facing, but together we will get through this.  “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient” (Steve Maraboli).

We compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to help manage stress.   We have a section for Parents and Students. Feel free to contact us if you need support Mrs. Fernandez (fernandez@helixcharter.net)  and Mrs. Yee (yee@helixcharter.net). 

Estimados Guardian/Padres,

Entendimos que estamos pasando mucha incertidumbre y miedo por él pandemia COVID-19 que el mundo está enfrentado pero unidos lo superaremos.  “La Vida no es mas facil or perdona, pero nos hacemos más fuertes y más resistente (Steve Maraboli).”

Nosotras compilamos un lista de recursos que pueden ayudar a manejar el estrés y dar ideas como ayudar a una mismo y a sus estudiantes.   Si necesita apoyo favor de contactar a la Señora Fernández (fernández@helixcharterter.net) o la Señora Yee (yee@helixcharter.net).  

Coping with COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)

COVID-19 Resource Page (Suicide Prevention Council)

COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 Resource Guide for Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy at Home (long, but excellent list of resources from the San Diego County Office of Education)

Safe at Home

Talking to Kids with Anxiety about COVID-19 (Anxiety Canada) 

Parent's Guide to Teenagers and Sleep (Child Mind)


Basics: Find help here with food, housing, utilities, clothing 

Counseling (Community-Based)Agencies and programs available in the community for mental health, behavioral health, and grief

Resources for Military Families: Resources in San Diego available to children and families of active-duty military.