Grief support available through WHS, RISE

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In response to the need for emotional support following the deaths of three Winters High School students in the last two months, Winters Joint Unified School District and Winters High School staff are creating opportunities for students, their families and community members.

Phoebe Girimonte, the Winters JUSD Acting Superintendent, said district staff are working to coordinate additional counseling services for the community. More information will be shared when it is confirmed.

On Thursday, the school district announced that WHS counselor Marcella Heredia will be available for anyone in the community in need of support or counseling. She will be at the WHS site on Friday, July 15 and Monday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

RISE, Inc is providing counseling support for Winters JUSD students, staff and the Winters community.

RISE, Inc has three mental health clinicians available to provide emotional support to Winters students, families, Winters JUSD staff and the community. The services are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, contact Alejandra Flores at 530-787-4110 or email

Winters JUSD provides mental health resources through Care Solace to students and their families. Information is available at

Mental health emergency resources are available at:

  • 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
    • Espanol: 888-628-9454
    • TTYY: 800-799-4998
  • Online chat:
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQIA+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386
  • Call 911 or request a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support


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