The goal is to increase diversity among mental health professionals and add counselors to underserved areas, supporters say
But California's Covid-related investments in school wellness programs may help
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More California schools are adding peer counseling programs as they find that by talking to each other, some students find relief from stress and anxiety.
The suicide rate among Black youth is now nearly twice the statewide average, and they are more at risk of depression, anxiety and stress.
The Merced County middle school counselor led the effort to expand counseling services at her district and is the first from California to win the award.
New advising programs focus on freshmen. Goal is for first year students to take 15 units a term.
Schools can serve as a hub for an entire community after a disaster, experts say.
More isolation and depression anticipated as students return to mostly online courses.
Schools with more counselors report higher graduation rates, more students going to college.
Eric Blanco, president of the state school counseling association, urges students to prepare early for college and keep options open.