(a) During the next revision of the publication
22“Health Framework for California Public Schools,” the state
23board and the Instructional Quality Commission shall create a
24distinct category on mental health instruction so pupils are
25knowledgeable about all aspects of mental health.
26(b) As used in this section, “mental health instruction” shall
27include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
28(1) Reasonably designed and age-appropriate instruction on
29the overarching themes and core principles of mental health,
30including, but not limited to, defining common mental health
31challenges such as depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors,
32schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating
disorders, and anxiety,
33including post-traumatic stress disorder, and elucidating the
34services and supports that effectively help individuals manage
35these mental health challenges.
P3 1(2) Promoting mental health wellness, which includes positive
2development, social connectedness and supportive relationships,
3resiliency, which is the ability to bounce back despite adversity,
4problem solving skills, coping skills, self-esteem, and a positive
5school and home environment in which pupils feel comfortable.
6(3) Ability to identify warning signs of common mental health
7problems in order to promote awareness and early intervention
8so pupils know to take action before a situation turns into a crisis.
9This should include instruction on both of the following:
10(A) How to appropriately seek and find assistance from mental
professionals and services within the school district and in
12the community for themselves or others.
13(B) Appropriate evidence-based research and practices that
14are proven to help overcome mental health challenges.
15(4) The connection and importance of mental health to overall
16health and academic success as well as to cooccurring conditions,
17such as chronic physical conditions and chemical dependence and
19(5) Awareness and appreciation about the prevalence of mental
20health challenges across all populations, races, ethnicities, and
21socioeconomic statuses, including the impact of culture on the
22experience and treatment of mental health challenges.
23(6) Stigma surrounding mental health challenges and what can
24be done to overcome stigma,
increase awareness, and promote
25acceptance. This should include, to the extent possible, classroom
26presentations of narratives by peers and other individuals who
27have experienced mental health challenges, and how they coped
28with their situations, including how they sought help and
30(c) The department shall convene stakeholders in the mental
31health and educational fields, including, but not limited to,
32stakeholders from culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse
33communities, all mental health professions, teachers, parents,
34those involved in promoting mental wellness, and those living with
35a mental health challenge and their families, to provide input for
36the development of the mental health instruction in the
37comprehensive health education plans. The department shall review
38information and programs from other states and countries.
P4 1(d) Commencing with the 2013-14
school year, a school district
2may provide pupils in any grades mental health instruction as
3described in this section.