Twenty-one percent of San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) ninth graders reported that they seriously considered suicide in 2021.
Another 37 percent said they felt chronically sad or hopeless—a number that has steadily ticked up in recent years, according to California Healthy Kids survey results.
“Student behavioral and mental health needs have increased, and nowhere has it been more clear than coming back from the pandemic,” SLCUSD Student Support Services Executive Director Janet Gould told New Times. “There’s just a need, and we need to come up with a response.”
In a recent push to bolster mental health services, SLCUSD has introduced universal social-emotional screenings for all