Mental Health Resources
Dear MVLA community,
Today we launch our public campaign for better mental health services in our schools. Our students have experienced unprecedented stressors with the pandemic and remote learning, in addition to the biggest civil rights movement since the 1960’s. This is on top of college applications and stressful situations in everyday life. We are now seeing an extraordinary number of students with mental health issues, and this is especially true for Black and brown youth. Mental health and social and emotional well-being are critical to student learning, and Our schools play a central role in fostering and supporting the well-being of children and youth. When caring adults at our schools develop nurturing relationships with students, it solidifies the student’s connections to their school, family, and community. Those relationships are key to a young person’s mental health and overall well-being. Schools can also serve as an important access point for early intervention and mental health treatment services for students and families.
Partnerships between health and education systems at every level can improve wellness indicators and academic outcomes for our students.
Full time therapist in addition to therapist provided by CHAC
Full time counselors that will return the next year
Prioritize hiring people of color. We need staff that understand the everyday challenges and perspectives of a diverse group of youth.
Full time social worker for the district
Hold outreach and use classroom and other educational opportunities to break the stigma of mental health, especially in the Black community.
Educate residents about existing resources and the benefits of said resources.
Create an environment where all students feel comfortable using the resources
Public Pressure will be paramount if we want these campaigns to have success. Just like the battles for SRO removal and Ethnic Studies, we will need all hands on deck to achieve this attainable goal.
Many staff members are already onboard with this campaign and are hoping we succeed because it helps make their jobs easier. It’s important to remind the city and district that they can afford these resources. Together the cities and board will eventually give the necessary resources to our students.
How are we going to put pressure?
Email campaign to the district demanding that these resources be added to the budget.
Attend school board meetings to make sure the board members understand that the community is asking for the hiring of people of color to work as counselors, therapists, and fulltime social workers.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
The Behavioral Health Call Center is the entry point for access to all Santa Clara County behavioral health services. We provide support for individuals and families who are in crisis; considering suicide; or struggling with mental illness, substance use, or both.
To improve lives and strengthen communities through access to comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services in northern Santa Clara County. Our community embraces mental health and wellness as integral to a healthy, fulfilled life. People know where and how to access appropriate help because they understand the importance of seeking mental health services when needed. There is universal access to a continuum of mental health services that includes prevention and intervention. The result is an increasingly healthy, resilient, and understanding community