Date

12-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Social Work

Abstract

The Wellness Center at Harden Middle School opened in the Fall of 2019 and is new for students, parents, and faculty. Due to misconceptions about the Wellness Center and the resources offered, students are either not utilizing the Wellness Center or not using it correctly. Results from pre-surveys indicated that a combined 74.7% answered they didn’t know or sort of knew what a Wellness Center was used for. The factors contributing to this problem are the stigma surrounding mental health, parents not likely to support their children receiving services, and students dealing with socio-emotional issues that are impacting class time. The consequences of students not utilizing the Wellness Center consist of a higher risk of suicide, future drinking/substance abuse issues, and future peer problems. This project aims to address the lack of knowledge of the Wellness Center by providing an informational video that can be used at Harden Middle School and throughout the Salinas Union High School District. The expected outcomes of this project are that students, parents, and staff have a more positive and clear idea of what a Wellness Center provides and are more willing to utilize services provided geared towards mental health in the future.

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