New video aims to support students struggling with social, emotional needs

Santa Ana Unified School District recently posted a video called “We Care: Get Help” to show support for students who may be experiencing stress and going through a difficult time.

The video features the school board, Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips, staff and students telling viewers about the different resources and support systems for those struggling with social and emotional issues.

District officials said it aimed at letting students know they can reach out to staff members to ask for help, and it’s also a way to inform students that the district has resources and contacts available to help them.

The video release and other related outreach efforts are part of the district’s response to a 21 percent increase nationwide in suicide rates among those 16 and younger. Assembly Bill 2246, recently signed into law, requires the adoption of suicide prevention, intervention and follow-up plans by California school districts serving students in grades 7-12.