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Mental Health Awareness Activities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) will be partnering with student clubs and leadership groups to design and implement mental health awareness activities during the 2023-2024 school year. ​

OCDE will provide the following to all participating schools (at no cost) ​    ​

  • ​Mental Health 101 workshop for middle and high school student groups, or Understanding and Managing Emotions workshop for upper elementary school students (grades 4-6)​
  • Activity ideas and online resources
  • Promotional themed items (such as vinyl stickers and stress balls)
  • T-shirts for students involved in conducting the mental health promotion activities on their campus
  • Technical assistance for planning and implementing the activity or event

 Participation Requirements

  • A minimum of ten students and one advisor must be involved in the planning and implementation of the awareness activity or event that intends to reach a wide school audience.
  • Approval from school administration to conduct the activity and disseminate a student survey.
  • A working partnership with a school counselor or school/district mental health specialist.

All participating schools will be asked to submit a brief report on the outcomes from their activity. Additionally, the student group and audience participating in the mental health awareness event (student population, school staff, or parents/caregivers when applicable) will be asked to complete a short survey following the activity or event.

 Interest Form​

If your school is interested in participating​​ during the 2023-2024 school year​, please contact Lydieth Najera at or 714​-966-4236 for more information or click here to add your school to the waitlist: ​​​Mental Health Awareness Activity Waitlist 2023-2024​

Click here​​ for flyer.​​