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Department of Education
Overview of Student Wellness Centers
The need for Student Wellness Centers is well documented. Mental health has been a major concern not only in Orange County but across the country. Student Wellness Centers have become powerful investments for our students, educators, and local communities.
Student Wellness Centers are designated spaces on campus and provide a calm & supportive environment for students. They help empower students to manage their own social and emotional health issues that may impact their ability to achieve their highest academic potential. Student Wellness Center models may vary by district or school. However, they most often provide a nurturing, calm place for students to engage in mindfulness strategies, use stress management tools, learn self-regulation skills and build resiliency.
WellSpace Collaborative Project
Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) has partnered with Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC) to pilot a number of school-based “WellSpace” centers . These Student Wellness Centers, known as WellSpaces, encourage students to take a break from life’s daily stressors in thoughtfully designed, well supervised environments that are safe, calm, and inclusive.
WellSpaces provide culturally competent services in a confidential, nonjudgmental space, and are staffed with professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, well-being and educational outcomes of all students. Though each site may vary in service model, students will have increased access to coordinated mental health education, opportunities to explore coping strategies, counseling, and other support services at no cost.
here for more information on WellSpaces in Orange County.
For more information about Student Wellness Centers or WellSpaces, contact:
Mayu Iwatani, MSW, PPSManagerMental Health and Wellness Care Coordinationmiwatani@ocde.us(714) 966-4468