Mental Health Awareness Events

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California Student Mental Health Week

California Assembly Concurrent Resolution 68 (ACR-68) (O’Donnell) declares May 10-14, 2021 as Student Mental Health Week.

We invite you to take action in bringing awareness to the important issue of student mental health, and the mental health of students in this challenging time of COVID-19.

The California Association of School Counselors urges us to rally all school staff and the community to use this week as a focal point to teach, talk and learn about children and adolescent mental health. Please use the hashtag #CA4studentmentalhealth with all events and activities so that we are able to celebrate your creativity and implementation statewide.

Visit the California Student Mental Health Week website for a Student Mental Health Toolkit by grade level, which includes lesson plans, sample daily activities, marketing ideas, training and presentations, parent workshops, and so much more!

CHOC's Mental Health Advocacy Committee

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month coming up in May 2021, CHOC’s Mental Health Advocacy Committee volunteers have created some fun activities intended to inspire, inform, reflect and heighten community awareness around mental health, while also reducing the stigma.

4/1-4/30: CHOC is kicking off the campaign with an Art & Word Contest, this month of April 2021. School-aged children are invited to submit visual and written art addressing the theme of "checking in" with self and others.

5/3- 6/3: Check-In Challenge continues throughout the month of May 2021. We encourage you and your students to follow each week's theme for a roadmap to checking with different community groups.

Please visit the website here: for more details about the campaign and activities.

In support of May as “Mental Health Awareness” month, the Family & Community Partnership (FCP) Spotlight will be hosting the following event.

Supporting Youth Mental Health

A Mental Health Awareness Month Event

Friday, May 14, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register at:

There is no cost to attend.

Learn about youth mental health from Directing Change co-founder, Stan Collins, as well as youth engagement resources like the Student Advocates for Mental Health Program at OCDE.

Please share with other colleagues and invite/encourage parents to attend. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Virtual link will be shared May 12th with those registered at

Join us for a movie screening and training on how we can foster a trusted space as we welcome students back to in-person learning.

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Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D.

Coordinator, K-12 School Counseling Services

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Orange County Department of Education

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