Improving Student Well-being: Implementing On-Campus interventions in Bay Area High Schools


by : 
Halina N.


In 2021 44% of high school students in the United States reported feelings of persistent sadness or hopelessness in the past year; that percentage then grew by 40% between 2009 and 2019(CDC). Students experiencing poor emotional and mental well-being are more likely to have decreased intrinsic motivation and hindered academic achievement, experience more disciplinary infractions, develop a negative view towards their education, and are less likely to contribute to the overall flourishment of individuals, communities, and nations(SPRC). Given that students spend most of their time in schools, on-campus resources, and intervention strategies are necessary to promote high school students' well-being (Child Mind Institute). While Bay Area school districts have implemented some resources for their students, in recent years, students have been reaching out for more support (Palo Alto Online). This project aims to unearth interventions Bay Area school districts could implement to promote and maintain student well-being across their high school campuses.