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Mental Health Forum Very Informative For Parents and Students Alike.

  Representatives from Burbank Unified School District, Family Service Agency and the Burbank Police Department joined BUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Hill along with three High School students for a Parent Forum on Student Mental Health on Thursday evening at Burbank Adult School.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The auditorium was full to capacity as the panel shared a variety of resources that are available to parents and children in the Burbank community to help deal with mental health challenges ranging from stress and anxiety to depression and cyberbullying.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Dr. Hill shared that out of 3300 High School students who responded to a recent School Climate Survey, 50% said that they are often or always stressed and 75% think they or their friends need support. Audience members praised the candor of student panelists Merra Varma (BHS `18) and rising JBHS seniors Nicole Rojas and Valeria Palma, who are launching a C.A.R.E. program at their school to help connect students to support systems. As Dr. Hill noted, “If we create this space and the environment for our students to be engaged in these conversations, they will rise up and advocate with us and partner with us.”

The panelists offered a holistic view of the counseling available to students through the High School Wellness Centers, the BUSD’s Special Education and Psychological Services, BPD’s Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET), the District’s Mental Health and Wellness Master Plan, school counselors and through Family Service Agency on Burbank Blvd. The goal is to bridge the gap between children and parents and the many services available to help support families that are struggling and to educate about mental wellness and prevention. Parents and the Public are invited to continue the conversation at an Open House at the JBHS Wellness Center on Monday, June 4 from 6-8pm. The entrance is on Keystone Avenue just south of the school Auditorium.
            To view the live stream of the Forum https://www.burbankusd.org/

            For more information on BUSD’s Wellness Programs and Services https://www.burbankusd.org/ District/Department/9516- Wellness-

Superintendent Hosts BUSD Student Mental Health Forum For Parents

Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Hill leads a presentation and panel discussion about support for the mental health needs of students in District schools on Thursday evening, May 31. The BUSD Student Mental Health Forum features an expert panel who will talk about “coping with anxiety, street and other mental health issues affecting our students,” according to a press release.

Image Courtesy Burbank Unified School District

“We encourage all parents to attend the forum to learn more about the resources we have available for parents and students,” commented Hill.

“We will also have a panel that will be able to answer questions that parents have about supporting their children.”

“This forum is geared towards adults so parents may not want to bring children, especially young ones,” added Kimberley Clark, Public Information Officer for Burbank Unified.

The BUSD Student Mental Health Forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Burbank Adult School Auditorium, located at 3811 W. Allan Avenue in Burbank.