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 Resolution Marks Mental Health Awareness Month

​The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at its April 2017 meeting endorsing May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month. Resolution 2017-7 reads:

WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being;

WHEREAS, behavioral health disorders, including major depression, schizophrenia, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders affect many children and youth every year,
indiscriminate of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or economic status;

WHEREAS, approximately 50 percent of students with a mental health condition 14 years or older drop out of school, the highest dropout rate for any disability group;

WHEREAS, a focus on prevention and early intervention efforts could greatly reduce the number of children experiencing serious mental health conditions;

WHEREAS, federal statistics show that one in 10 children has a serious mental health condition, but only a third will receive any care at all — with even fewer receiving appropriate care;

WHEREAS, children, youth and adults can recover from mental illness and lead full, productive lives in the community;

WHEREAS, since 1949, May has officially been recognized as Mental Health Month;

WHEREAS, each county office of education, school district, school, elected official, business, government agency, health-care provider, organization and citizen shares the burden of mental health issues and has a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education, hereby declares May 2017 as Mental Health Month and thereby requests that each school district, school, elected official, business, government agency, health-care provider, organization and citizen, recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our children, youth and adults can take to protect their mental health, and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people, especially children and youth with mental health conditions.

The San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Student Support Services department is driven by its mission to enhance student success and achievement by assisting school district and charter schools in building safe, supportive school, and engaging communities. It provides support and resources to address the mental health and well-being of youth in the county.

The team's goal is to support the removal of barriers that impact student success. The team leads the way in Youth Mental Health First Aid training, which teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-care.