Mental Health and Wellness

    Our mental health and well-being is as important as our physical health and well-being.  Just as our physical health is dynamic and multi-faceted so too is our mental health and well-being.   Physical illness primarily affects our physical functioning like mobility, sleep patterns, or senses while mental illness primarily affects our mental functioning like thinking, feeling, or mood. 

    Whether physical or mental, all human body functioning is interconnected and interdependent yet unique to each individual; which is why different people have unique experiences as they work through treatment for an illness and recovery.  As with physical conditions, mental conditions are caused by a variety of factors like genetics, lifestyle, and environment.  Each year in the U.S. 20% of adults experiences a mental health condition with 50% beginning by age 14 and 75% beginning by age 24 (NAMI, 2018).  


    Burbank Unified School District applies the  Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach to support the well-being of all staff, students, and their families.  Our Mental Health and Wellness Plan  outlines our goals. Visit all our pages to learn how to become a partner in our achieving our goals.






    2018 Mental Health and Wellness Survey Results

    2017 Mental Health and Wellness Survey Results

    In the spring of 2017, the District, in partnership with Hanover Research, Inc. administered a comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Survey for all District staff members and students in grades 9-12. The survey opened on February 27, 2017 and closed on March 17, 2017. The purpose for administering the survey was to help Staff learn more about how the District’s employees and students perceived available mental health and wellness resources and determine areas in which more support may be needed. Overall, 1,325 high school students and 592 staff members participated in the survey. The survey was offered in English, Spanish and Armenian.

    The Mental Health and Wellness Survey yielded several significant findings, many of which provided insight into what areas the District should focus its efforts moving forward. Some of the key findings were as follows:

    • Both staff and students identify anxiety and/or stress as the most prevalent social-emotional issue for students.
    • Students are more likely to seek social-emotional and mental health support from parents than from school staff.
    • Professional development programs on how to recognize students’ mental health concerns and identify mental health resources could benefit staff.
    • Staff are typically more likely than students to recognize progress the district has made on mental health support.
    • Stress and anxiety prevail among a substantial number of staff members.

    With baseline data now established in these areas, the District plans on offering this survey annually in order to gauge progress on its Mental Health and Wellness initiatives.



    The Burbank Unified School District works with its stakeholder Mental Health and Wellness Committee to review, update, and maintain the Mental Health and Wellness Plan.