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Mental Health

Mental Health Department. Learn more about how this department serves students within the district.


Use this page to learn more about the Mental Health supports and resources available through our district.



Empowering Students to Succeed and Thrive

The Del Norte County Unified School District proudly supports the implementation of the school-based health alliance which strives to benefit students by working to improve their overall well-being. By offering an integrative approach that includes mental health services and, eventually, health services, we fully support our students by meeting their needs right on campus.

We are working to implement three Wellness Centers that are located at Crescent Elk Middle School, Del Norte High School, and Sunset High School. We will also offer a fully staffed mobile mental health services van that will serve more geographically isolated schools.

Mental health services have become essential for our youth and their families. Through these services, our students can address mental health needs promptly in the familiar setting of the school. We offer a range of resources to support students and families in facing challenges through prevention, early-intervention, and education. 

What services do we Provide?

Del Norte Wellness Center

The Del Norte Wellness Centers offer a range of resources and services that students, families, and staff can access virtually. Wellness Centers are located at the Del Norte High School, Sunset School, and Crescent Elk Middle School campuses.

Virtual Wellness Center

Please visit our virtual Wellness Center. The Virtual Wellness Center was designed to support the well-being of staff, students, and parents as well as connect them to calming activities/tools to promote health and wellness. It is a safe space to access support, take a break, rest and refocus.

Staff Training Opportunities

We offer several training opportunities for our staff that prepare them to assist students with their mental health needs.

Mental Health and Support Resources

Here you will find mental health resources, family support group resources, and substance use resources.

Community Resources

There are community resources available to youth that offer a variety of supports such as the Coastal Connections Youth Center!


Useful Links


Our Wellness Centers at Crescent Elk Middle School, Del Norte High School, and Sunset High School will offer in-person and telehealth appointments for our students who are seeking more intensive mental health support.

Students will be able to self-refer for individual sessions and attend group sessions when offered. Teachers and counselors will have the ability to refer students to the Wellness Centers as well. 

A photo of Del Norte High School
A photo of Crescent Elk Middle School
A photo of Sunset High School

Coastal Connections Calendar

Coastal Connections Calendar. Click here to navigate to the Coastal Connections Website.

Click the image above for the Coastal Connections website.

Partnerships and Sponsors


Staff Directory

Jennifer Thomas

Supervisor, Youth Mental Health Services
Mental Health

Windy Davis

Wellness Coach
Mental Health

Laurel Plunkett

Wellness Coach
Mental Health

Alicia Wilson

Wellness Coach
Mental Health