Garden Grove Unified is offering students greater accessibility to mental health services by opening new Wellness Centers at various campuses across the district.
As part of the district’s “Choose Wellness” campaign, the centers provide students a quiet place to process emotions and offer services such as one-on-one counseling, support groups and crisis intervention.
The addition of Wellness Centers are a small portion of the work Garden Grove USD is doing to support social and emotional well-being, including expanding mental health staff and counseling programs, supporting resiliency through trauma-informed teaching practices, and hosting monthly wellness webinars, according to district officials.
“The new Wellness Centers provide another layer of support for our students,” said Garden Grove Unified Superintendent Dr. Gabriela Mafi. “We want students to know that we all deal with anxiety, fear and worry, and that it’s important that we all learn how to cope with these emotions when we do feel overwhelmed.”