Mental Health & Wellness Social Workers foster communities that are equitable, collaborative, and inclusive of diversity. Students are empowered to achieve academic, personal, and social success through healing-centered, social-emotional, and wellness support services.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES PROGRAM (MHWC)
The Mental Health and Wellness Center (MHWC) at Yerba Buena High School is staffed by Jennifer Pastran LCSW, Liz Castillo ASW, and Mental Health and Wellness Interns.
Yerba Buena’s MHWC support staff, along with several Community Based Organizations, provide a variety of school-based mental health counseling services, wellness support, and linkage to resources in the community.
The MHWC Provides a number of free and confidential services and supports to the school community including:
- Crisis intervention, educationally related mental health counseling services, support, and case management
- Building trusting relationships with students, families, and school personnel
- Maintain the confidentiality of students and family (unless there is a report of any type of abuse or pervasive suicidal ideation with plan and/or intent)
- Linking students and families with school and community resources
- Provide family support including facilitating family meetings, and other interventions to foster healthy family relationships and communication
- Collaborating with all school personnel to assess students’ social/emotional obstacles to academic success
- Assist teachers and administrators in developing plans to help students with academic and behavior problems
- Develop/facilitate/coordinate wellness prevention and intervention programs and activities
Where is the MHWC located?
Yerba Buena High School’s Mental Health & Wellness Center is located in Room 165 (next to the bank in the Student Union)
When should I refer a student to the MHWC?
A student should be referred to the Student Support Center when the student shows signs of social and/or emotional difficulties, which are interfering with the student’s success at school.
Possible reasons for these referrals may include the following:
- Self-esteem/Self-worth issues
- School Stress
- Anxiety/Social anxiety
- Drugs/Alcohol abuse
- Gender/Sexuality/Identity issues
- Relationship issues (family, peer, teacher issues, etc.)
- Suicidal ideation
- Abuse or neglect
- Gang Affiliation
- Pregnancy/teen parent support