Danville, CA — Anshuree Banerjee, a student at Dougherty Valley High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), designed the winning entry for California’s Mental Health Awareness License Plate.
Banerjee’s design was selected after a statewide contest for high school students. Proceeds raised from the sale of the plates will go to the California Department of Education for Mental Health Wellness Centers in California’s schools. Funded by BeingwellCA, the sale of the plates will help support mental health, raise awareness and reduce the alarming rates of stress, anxiety, depression and suicide ideation in our youth.
Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, where Banerjee attends school, is one of two SRVUSD comprehensive high schools that is scheduled to open a Wellness Center on their campus in the 2020-21 school year. The Wellness Center is designed to be a place where students can go during the school day to speak with a caring adult when they feel pressure, stress or anxiety or they just need to take a break.
The SRVUSD has made student mental wellness a priority. Wellness Centers were identified as a priority in the District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and were one of five recommendations that resulted from the work of a Mental Wellness Task Force. Additionally, the SRVUSD Leadership Priorities emphasize the importance of student wellness as an essential component of overall student success. As part of a multi-tiered system of support, the Centers are another way that the District can focus on and nurture positive social emotional learning for all students.