What Is The Availability Of Mental Health Education And Supports For Middle Schoolers?
The state of California has seen rates of chronic sadness and suicide ideation increase at the high school level and although the state continues to focus efforts at that secondary level, the numbers have not changed. In fact, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey, certain California middle schools find themselves struggling with an increase in the number of seventh graders experiencing chronic sad or hopeless feelings, (about 1 in 6), and in the number of those seriously considering suicide (about 1 in 10). This project seeks to look closely at the availability of mental health education and resources for middle schoolers in one California district. Following interviews with district administrators, teachers, and counselors and a review of educational programs and availability of support, this project will provide recommendations to the district and possible lesson plans for future use.
The AAR program is a unique opportunity for Palo Alto Unified School District students, in grades 10-12, to engage in original research in an area of their choosing. Students are paired with mentors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing.
Advanced Authentic Research
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Palo Alto, CA 94306