One in five children struggle with their mental health, according to the Child Mind Institute, and that was before students spent months in isolation during the pandemic.
In response, school districts across the state, including the Moorpark Unified School District (MUSD) are implementing on-campus Wellness Centers. The MUSD Wellness Center was made possible by the state’s Mental Health Services Act Grant, which awarded MUSD nearly $100,000 for the 2021-22 school year.
”Our students are struggling, and their mental health needs to be addressed,” said Dr. Marcia Hamilton, the district’s accountability and categorical specialist who oversees all mental health services. “The whole purpose of the Wellness Center is to destigmatize accessing mental health support as well as building awareness and educating individuals on mental health.”