Today's teens are bombarded with pressures from every direction. The influx of social media, pressure to vape and engage in substance use as well as expectations to perform at school all have an impact on how teens cope with life. Mental health and wellness is a growing concern for teens and their parents. The depression rate in teenagers has increased from 8.3 percent (in 2008) to 10.7 percent (in 2013) (Center for Disease Control), and teens experiencing anxiety is also on the rise. The RJUHSD recognizes the need to support the whole student, and School Based Wellness Centers provide trained mental health professionals who can provide support to students in distress, and--more importantly--intervene before a crisis happens.
RJUHSD California Health Kids Survey data indicates a 29% increase in students reporting feeling chronically sad or hopeless.
About half of 9th through 12th grade students reported ever having used marijuana (Centers for Disease Control).
RJUHSD California Health Kids Survey data indicates a 15% increase in students seriously considering suicide in the past 12 months.