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ACR-68 Student Mental Health Week.(2021-2022)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 68

Relative to Student Mental Health Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  July 15, 2021. ]


ACR 68, O’Donnell. Student Mental Health Week.
This measure would declare the week of May 10, 2021, to May 14, 2021, inclusive, as Student Mental Health Week.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Student mental health needs too often go unnoticed or unaddressed at school; and
WHEREAS, Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health will empower students to speak up when they need help; and
WHEREAS, Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences have lasting harmful impacts and can leave students feeling disenfranchised if not addressed; and
WHEREAS, Students in California are subjected to community- and school-based acts of violence or threats; and
WHEREAS, Many students in California have experienced traumatic natural disaster events, such as wildfires, mudslides, evacuations, and earthquakes; and
WHEREAS, The overuse of social media can result in students feeling disconnected from their peers; and
WHEREAS, The early identification of, intervention in, and treatment of mental health and behavioral issues is paramount for a healthy student body and school community; and
WHEREAS, Prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, through their unique role in serving children and youth, have an opportunity to address student health early and effectively; and
WHEREAS, The need for comprehensive, coordinated mental health services for students in school is a critical responsibility as part of an overall education plan; and
WHEREAS, Addressing the complex mental health needs of California students today is fundamental to the future of California; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate that a week should be set aside each year for the direction of our thoughts towards our students’ mental health and well-being; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby declares the week of May 10, 2021, to May 14, 2021, inclusive, as Student Mental Health Week in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.