Students in our area are getting more than academic support as they return to school.
“I actually had a few people ask me to check on you. And most of those people were teachers. And she just burst into tears. You could tell in that moment that she knew she wasn’t alone,” Jason said. Tate, CVUSD wellness center specialist
Coachella Valley High School is using its wellness center to equip its students with various exercises and tools to manage their mental health.
“We think about school, we think about getting grades and doing well in class getting ready for college. But why is it so important to also invest in the mental health of these students?” News Channel 3’s Bianca Ventura asked Tate.
Tate replied: “Because we’re not robots, are we? You know, everyone comes to school with a backpack, but it was actually two backpacks. One of them is all the emotional baggage of their lives, what’s going on at home, what’s going on in their community.”
Tate uses tools like voice bowls, aroma therapy and breathing exercises at the CVHS wellness center.
“It really helps to break down some of those walls so they can start opening up and talking about what’s going on,” Tate said.
And the work does not stop there. The Wellness Center works with other departments to support their students and refer them to various resources.
“We have substance abuse counselors and we have actual therapists from the Latino committee, the nurse’s office and campus safety all play a big role. So we’re actually all coming together, kind of under one roof of this intervention team ,” Tate said. .
Lisette Santiago, CVUSD community engagement manager. said that the wellness centers were requested on behalf of the students and their families.
“But we have seven wellness centers in our school district. This is a huge impact for our students, our staff and our community,” Santiago said.
Santiago also shares that CVUSD has a population that consists of about 98 percent Latino and Hispanic students.
She hopes these wellness centers will help remove the stigma of seeking mental health help.