U.S. HHS also acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic has created more challenges among Americans coping with mental health concerns like substance use, youth mental health and suicide.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is continuously working to support our students, staff and parents during any mental health challenges they may be facing.
We offer a number of services at our schools and through community partners.
Here is a list of key ways MPUSD is working to support mental health
1. 23 staff members supporting mental health and services at our schools
2. Care Solace program helps connect students, parents and staff with mental health services
3. Equine therapy offered to students and staff at Carmel Valley-based The Equine Healing Collaborative
5. Four donation-based student and community personal care closets
6. Parent training classes offered in-person and online to support family mental health
7. Teen Mental Health First Aid program teaches students signs of mental illness and substance use on campus (Program information here)
8. Community partnership paves the way for access to licensed child therapist at three schools - (More details)
9. Two community town hall discussions with local experts in child mental health and substance use
11. Early Childhood Mental Health Services and TK and Kinder Teacher Training
12. The 7 Challenges drug and alcohol support program is offered in small group and on a case-by-case basis for students who receive a referral.
13. Community-building circles: Teachers and students together explore values like empathy, patience, kindness, courage, and open-mindedness, that need to be respected for people to be willing to share openly and honestly in a circle.
14. Second Step curriculum: The Second Step curriculum is offered at our elementary and middle schools and focuses on building self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
15. Open Parachute curriculum: The Open Parachute curriculum is offered 5th grade through high school students and provides education on a wide range of topics from mental health, coping with loss and grief, LGBTQIA+ acceptance and support, and trauma to overcoming family violence.
16. Educational videos created to help educate the public about substance use (Link to videos)