Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


The Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is an organization that is dedicated to decreasing teenage criminality, supports youth and collaborates with the Watsonville Police Department to guide youth ages 8-17 and actively build positive relationships within the community. Youth are in the developmental stage where they are more likely to take risks and make poor decisions. During March 2023 a five day mental health workshop for middle school and high school students was implemented , which aimed to normalize discussions on self care and mental health among youth. The workshop covered a variety of topics, including stress management, mental health disorders, self-image, and self-esteem. There was an increase after the workshops of mental health and self care showing ninety percent of youth learned something new about mental health and how they can apply it in their everyday lives. It was intended that the participants would become familiar with these concepts and learn effective coping mechanisms for handling stress, mental health crises, and self-doubt.