December 2, 2019
Blue Shield of California Launches Statewide, Multi Year Initiative to Support Mental Health for California Students
To address this issue, Blue Shield of California is launching BlueSky, a multi-year effort in collaboration with the California Department of Education and nonprofit organizations such as Wellness Together, National Alliance on Mental Illness California and DoSomething.org.
The goal of the initiative is to enhance awareness, advocacy and access to mental health resources for California's middle- and high school students. The Blue Shield of California BlueSky initiative will provide additional mental health clinicians in schools, train teachers on the signs of mental health issues, and empower students with in-person and online mental health support resources.
"Mental and emotional health play an essential role in a person's overall well-being, starting in childhood," said Paul Markovich, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California. "We all face adversity, yet each person's future depends on his or her ability to cope with life's challenges. Our goal through Blue Shield of California BlueSky is to help students develop the resilience and emotional well-being today that will give them a lifetime of good health."
How Blue Shield of California BlueSky Supports Student Mental Health
One-on-one therapy for students most in need
Youth Mental Health First Aid training for thousands of educators
Support for student-led peer groups in high schools
Online mental health and resilience resources for all students
The Blue Shield of California BlueSky initiative will be evaluated by a research team from the University of California, San Francisco's Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies to determine the impact on student- and school-level outcomes.
"Educators are on the front lines in recognizing Adverse Childhood Experiences as a public health crisis. Research shows that positive adult relationships, peer to peer support and mental health services are critical to helping young people heal. This collaboration is truly about the intersection of education and health," said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California.
"Increasing mental health supports for our students and educators, is a top priority for the California Department of Education," said Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. "We are grateful that Blue Shield of California recognizes this need, and is actively supporting our teachers, counselors, staff and students."
For more information on Blue Shield of California's BlueSky initiative, and for links to resources around student mental health, visit blueshieldca.com/BlueSky.
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