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What is Social & Emotional Wellness?

SEL Competencies

Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Like many similar frameworks, CASEL’s integrated framework promotes interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cognitive competence. There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings. Many educators and researchers are also exploring how best to assess these competencies.

Why is Social & Emotional Wellness important?

This ability to delay gratification and regulate our emotions and behavior is a key component of a set of skills often referred to as social-emotional skills. In a world where academic skills are often viewed as the priority, social-emotional skill development may not always be on the forefront of most parents’ and teachers’ minds. However, research has shown that social-emotional skills are crucial for children to become successful both socially and academically.

The Importance of Mental Health


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Supportive Services

211 - For Health & Human Service Referrals

211 LA County is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. Our community services go far beyond phone referrals – explore our website to learn more.

Child Abuse Information

The purpose and mission of the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) is:

  • To act as the central point of entry for calls to DCFS regarding the possible abuse and/or neglect of children.

  • To receive calls of abuse and neglect involving children and assess the level of endangerment.

  • To obtain factual information regarding a specific incident and generate a referral for investigation, if appropriate.

  • To document and transmit all referrals of child endangerment to the appropriate office, timely.

  • To ensure child safety and protection.

ADD Resource


Since 1998, millions of parents and adults have trusted ADDitude's expert guidance and support for living better with ADHD and its related mental health conditions. Our mission is to be your trusted advisor, an unwavering source of understanding and guidance along the path to wellness.

Locate Los Angeles Resources


Locate mental health services in Los Angeles County through the Department of Mental Health's service location website.


Social and Emotional Wellness activities to engage youth & foster connection

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Videos about practices and techniques to improve our social & emotional wellness 

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Resources dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth & community

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