Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


Mental Health is a worldwide crisis that students face every day, especially in school environments. Having resources available to students in schools could potentially help students to deal and manage mental health. Seaside High School is a public school in Monterey County that provides services for students in grades 9-12. The counseling department is the center in the school that facilitates the educational support that students need in regards to career exploration and further academic concerns. At Seaside High School there is a high rate of students that deal with low mental health. Incorporating support groups can provide assistance and decrease the number of students dealing with mental health concerns. The project was running support groups to address topics that are affecting student’s mental health. The support groups consisted of meeting with students for an hour every two weeks, and materials were prepared beforehand, in order to determine what supplies are needed for the activities. The support group reached a maximum of 10 girls and varied in attendance as the meetings continued. The topics concentrated on the topic of self-esteem and body image awareness. The results were that the majority of girls found the meetings informative and useful, but the larger goal of the meetings will not be seen until the school keeps implementing support groups. It is expected that the students who participate in support groups will be able to control their mental health concerns and apply what they learned in their daily life activities. The support group meetings were a success and it is recommended that support groups are continued.