Overview of the Mental Health Program!
Welcome to the Mental Health Program!
According to the latest research, one in five students living in the United States demonstrates signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder: anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. However the vast majority – nearly 80 percent – of students who need mental health services will not receive them.
The San Mateo Union High School District has partnered with the Peninsula Health Care District and Stanford University to implement an expanded mental health program. Each school has at least two Wellness Counselors to provide counseling, consultation, professional development, parent support and crisis intervention for all students on site. Additionally, three Health and Wellness Coordinators serve two high schools each, providing an additional level of support, including supervision for the Wellness Counselors, participation on the site leadership teams and building capacity for various levels and types of interventions.
Throughout the school year, we will continue to advance and improve this initiative as we build our capacity to address student mental health needs more effectively and efficiently. Your children's well being is of the utmost importance to us and we are dedicated to meeting their needs.
On November 5, 2019, Congresswoman Jackie Speier hosted a districtwide event at Hillsdale High School. Watch "Learning to Listen: Youth Perspectives on Mental Health" panel discussion below.