Mental Health/Student Social Emotional Support


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Tips to Stay Healthy Outside of School (put together by the ISD 709 School Counselors):

  • Limit your exposure to news outlets.
  • Use reliable sources when looking for updated information such as CDC Website or MN Dept of Health.
  • Take care of your body by eating healthy food, get your body moving, get quality sleep, and go outside.
  • Find and be diligent about a daily routine.  
  • Find activities that help you relax when stress arises. (take a bath, listen to music, draw, journal)
  • Talk to people around you for support.  Don’t rely on social media for communication.
  • Practice positive thinking and self-talk.  Remember what is in your control and what is out of your control.
  • Acknowledge your feelings, then practice moving past them when needed.
  • Track your social media/screen time and know when to turn off, or set aside, your phone.
  • Keep your brain active!
  • Research career ideas, make a future plan.
  • Take a virtual museum tour.  Museum of Natural HistoryGlensheen Mansion
  • Stay on track with your current classes.
  • Read!
  • Talk with a trusted adult


Resources for Duluth Families 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland - Lincoln Park Location:  120 South 30th Ave West; phone:  (218) 491-7025
  • Boys & Girls Clubs are providing grab-and-go snacks, dinners, and care packages out of our Lincoln Park site. 
  • Meals & snacks are FREE to any school age youth regardless whether or not they are a club member. 
  • Snack served 3-4pm & dinner served 5-6pm. 
  • We have personal care supplies like shampoo and conditioner as well as some games and books available upon request.  
Union Gospel - 219 East 1st Street; phone:  (218) 722- 1196
  • Tues/Thurs, 12-12:30 curbside pick-up (meals)
  • Sun-Fri, 4:30-5:15 curbside pick-up (meals)
Salvation Army - 215 S. 26th Avenue West; phone:  (218) 722-7934
  • Daily bag lunch 11:30-12:30
Damiano Center -206 West 4th Street;  phone:  (218) 722-8708
  • Community Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves meals in the parking lot Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 8:30-Continental breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 5-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday only. Email for more information. 
  • Kids' Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves boxed meals Monday to Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Second Avenue West entrance. The building and other programs are closed except to staff and volunteers preparing meals. Email for more information.
Vineyard Church - 1533 West  Arrowhead Road; phone:  (218) 525-3462
COVID Updated: Grab and Go style, no shopping.
  • Tuesdays 6-8pm
  • Saturdays 9:30-11:30 
Chum Food Shelf - phone:  (218) 726-0153
COVID Updated Info:
  • Downtown - 125 North 1st Avenue West; Will open on Friday at 10 a.m. and accept the first 50 people drive-up only. This procedure will continue for Wed/Fridays
  • Lakeside Location: closed
  • West - 4831 Grand Avenue; First 20 people, drive-up only. (days/times on website - scroll down to access)
Free Internet for 60 days
  • Charter/Spectrum will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call (844) 488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
LSS Crisis Nursery: Center for Changing Lives
  • Building is closed but if a family is in need of diapers/wipes they should call (218) 302-6879 and arrange for curbside pickup of items. Hours are limited.


Sources of Strength - a message from Scott LoMurray, Executive Director

Schools may be closed, and trainings are canceled, but our strengths are not. Positive Friendships are not canceled, although the time we spend together may look and feel different. Healthy Activities are not canceled, even though we might need to get creative when practicing them inside. Family Support, Mentors, Generosity, and Spirituality are not canceled, they are the life-giving relationships and practices that support and sustain us. Medical Access (Physical Health) and Mental Health are invaluable resources and we will be doing our best to help you stay well, name and notice your emotions, practice calming and healthy coping, and building relationships and connections, even from a social distance.

Follow us online @sourcesofstrength on Instagram as we launch a national “What Helps Me” campaign next week. We want to hear from you, your friends, and your communities: when you feel angry, anxious, or sad, what helps? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, frozen or freaked out, who or what can help you feel better? If you're feeling confused and uncertain of what you feel from one moment to the next, how can you connect to your strengths? Our staff will be here to share, to reflect, and to connect.

Youth Employment Services - YES Duluth

YES Duluth has current information about the virus, how it is affecting employment, and will assist with obtaining unemployment if you have been laid off from your job. 

Chum - Food, Shelter, Dignity, Hope

Our intent is to maintain operations to the maximum extent that is within the latest public health guidance we are receiving. We believe, as we always have and always will, that people have the right to food and shelter in a welcoming and safe environment, and it is our job to provide that.

ISD 709 - Free Breakfast & Lunch

Duluth Public Schools will have free breakfast and lunches available to Duluth students 18 years of age and younger weekdays beginning March 18.  No paperwork necessary, the student must be present to receive the meal. 
>>Bagged breakfast will include fruit or fruit juice, cereal or breakfast bar and milk.
>>Bagged lunch will include a sandwich, veggies, fruit and milk.  
Both breakfast and lunch will be served from a school bus at the designated locations and times.  Any student from any school can pick up a breakfast & lunch at any location.  Click on the ISD 709 Link above to find times and locations.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nystrom & Associates

Mental health and addiction issues are more prevalent than ever during this time. Nystrom & Associates is offering expert clinicians as a resource as it relates to COVID-19 and its adverse effects. Click Here For More Information

Additional Duluth/Superior Area Resources

Click onto the above link for additional community mental health resources.


Denfeld High School Team of Support

School Counselors

The role of the School Counselors is to address academic achievement, personal/social development and career development of all students, not just those in need, by collaborating with students, parents, school staff and the community to ensure today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors are available at district middle and high schools.

Grade 9 Counselor:

Jenny Wellnitz  - Email: - Phone:  (2180 336 -8830; ext. 2050


Grades 10, 11, and 12: Counselors:

Last names A-He:  Geri Saari - Email: - Phone: (218) 336-8830 ext. 3336
Last names Hi-Q:   Leah Hamm-Digatono -  Email: -  Phone: (218) 336-8830 ext. 2264
Last names R-Z:   Jessica Anderson - Email: - Phone:  (218) 336-8830 ext. 1923


School Social Workers

The role of the School Social Workers is to assist students in strengthening skills and overcoming negative barriers to the student's well being.  In our school, School Social Workers work primarily with students who receive special education services as part of the student's Individual Educational Plan.  School Social Workers also address specific needs of our students by providing connections and contacts in the community.

School Social Workers:

Shane Erickson - Email: - Phone (218) 336-8830; ext. 2337
Donna Sayler - Email: - Phone:  (218) 336-8830; ext. 1940


Social Workers on Special Assignment:

Heather Jarvis - Email: - Phone:  (218) 336-8830; ext. 2375
Focus Room Coordinator:  Connecting point for general education students who need additional social emotional support.  
Sarah Laulunen - Email: - Phone:  (218) 336-8830; ext. 2256

Check & Connect Coordinator:  Provides mentoring, personal and academic support for students.  


School-based Mental Health Therapists

Denfeld currently has two agencies that offer services in our building:

  • Nystrom & Associations
  • Fond du Lac School Linked Mental Health

The student can be referred by a parent, teacher, staff, self, or social worker.  Once referred,  the therapists work with families by addressing emotional, behavioral or social issues that may be interfering in a student’s ability to be successful in school, at home or in the community.  Services are billed through health insurance or medical assistance.  All services are confidential and can be accessed during regular school hours.  For more information, please contact your child's School Counselor or Social Worker.