URGENT: Mental Health Information from CUSD Counseling and Social Services Department

  • Authentically Ask. Responsibly Receive.

    Chandler Unified School District wants to ensure all students feel safe, seen, heard, and valued. The question "How are you?" can start it all, but it doesn't stop there. To receive vulnerable responses, here are some tips to add to your toolbox.

    Create a judgement-free conversation in both verbal and non-verbal behaviors.


    Space to speak or solutions?

    Ask whether they just need an ear or if they are seeking out solutions. This will avoid unsolicited advice, "should/shouldn't have" statements, and unintended criticism and allow for connection through active listening.


    Approachable, accepting, and inviting

    Non-verbal and verbal cues of acceptance include:

    • an open body stance
    • neutral facial expressions
    • physical confirmations you are hearing what is said
    • repeating back what is said to you for clarification


    FREE: "A Friend Asks" App

    "A Friend Asks" is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention, and with information like this as close as your smartphone, you could help save a life!

    The "A Friend Asks" App contains the following information:

    • Warning signs of suicidal ideation
    • How to help a friend
    • How to get help now
    • What to do and what not to do

    If in an immediate crisis, call 911. If you, or a friend, need to talk with a counselor for help or need resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (anytime 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255) or use the Get Help Now button on the "A Friend Asks" app.


    Quick list of mental health and suicide prevention resources

    • 24-hour Crisis Line: 602-222-9444
    • 24-hour Crisis Text Line: 741-741
    • EMPACT (Mobile Crisis Team): 1-866-205-5229
    • Teen Lifeline (24-Hour Hotline): 602-248-8336
    • The Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+ Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255