The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase psychological well being help for college kids returning to highschool.
Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger co-authored a movement calling for extra scholar companies and coaching for academics to acknowledge psychological well being issues.
“Earlier than COVID-19, one in 5 kids had a recognized psychological well being dysfunction and with the pandemic these behavioral challenges have solely elevated and intensified,” Solis stated.
“For a lot of college students, our colleges have been the primary line of psychological well being help and on account of crucial closures to safeguard our public well being many went with out this invaluable useful resource for his or her psychological well being.”
The board directed the Division of Psychological Well being to work with the county’s Workplace of Schooling on a complete plan to fulfill college students’ psychological well being wants.
The work will embrace session with the UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing to create a psychological well being useful resource toolkit with trauma-responsive coaching and knowledge on easy methods to determine warning indicators of melancholy and nervousness in kids.
Peer-to-peer alternatives to assist may embrace applications modeled on the Group Ambassador Community, which allowed residents to voluntarily assist unfold the phrase about how to not unfold COVID-19.
Getting again within the classroom will assist, however Barger stated extra must be achieved.
“Whereas enabling college students to return to the classroom will assist present the social and emotional wellness they’ve missed during the last 12 months, the impacts from the pandemic will nonetheless have lasting results on their wellbeing,” Barger stated.
“I used to be proud to acknowledge an arts remedy program applied in our native colleges by the Division of Psychological Well being in 2020 for this very purpose. I do know right this moment’s effort will proceed to supply the help our youngsters want and deserve as they navigate studying in a brand new context.”
As a part of the movement, the board directed the county CEO to determine federal funding that might be used to increase psychological well being helps on college campuses.
The board additionally declared Might Psychological Well being Consciousness Month which can embrace a month of free group applications for residents of all ages, together with by the WE RISE initiative. WE RISE, in its fourth 12 months, highlights the therapeutic powers of artwork and connection.