Mental Health Resources Available

Mental Health Resources Available
Posted on 05/25/2022
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Yesterday’s shooting in Uvalde was a senseless and tragic loss of life. The event and subsequent news coverage may have an impact on the mental well-being of our school community. We encourage you to support your students and each other and seek help as needed. Please know that support is available at school and in our community. View the resources below to see how you can get assistance.



  • Call or email your student’s counselor
  • Call or email our district Guidance and Counseling office: Kareeme Hawkins, Director of SEL and Counseling, 972.223.6666 or [email protected]


DeSoto Independent School District partners with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health needs. Care Solace can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of circumstances. Their support is completely confidential and free to DeSoto ISD students, staff and their families.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language
  • Visit  and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email or phone.


  • Call 911
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support
  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • English: 800-273-TALK
  • Español: 888-628-9454
  • TTYY: 800-799-4889
  • Online chat:


Many parents may be wondering how to talk to children and teens about the tragic events of yesterday. Though these conversations are not easy, they are important. The National Association of School Psychologists recommends the following:

  • Talk to children and listen to their concerns and feelings
  • Reassure children they are safe and explain all the ways the adults in the family and community are working to keep them safe
  • Answer questions in an honest and age-appropriate manner
  • Limit the use of media exposure

You can also call the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get emotional support from a trained advocate. They are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


DeSoto ISD is committed to meeting the holistic needs of our students and families and being responsive to the needs of our school community.

See more resources from Metrocare on the links below.