We’re Open!

The Wellness Programs are open and providing services to students virtually.

The Wellness Initiative’s objectives during school closures/ continuity of learning are to:
  • Assist with connecting with all students, with focus on the most vulnerable students and families to assess basic needs
  • Connect with existing Wellness clients, especially students who were in crisis, to help them manage their stress, depression, family, chronic health issues, etc.
  • Virtually link students with providers in the community/ summer programs
  • Share health and wellness tips
  • Support school/ district in Continuity of Learning, such as through supplies distribution
  • Continue to support staff wellness
Individual services are offered by phone and Google Hangouts
  • Wellness check-ins with students and families
  • Mental and physical health assessments
  • Brief, short term counseling
  • Crisis counseling
  • Referrals to providers in the community
A few Wellness groups and youth leadership opportunities have continued remotely:

Groups Facilitated by SFUSD Wellness Team:

    • Q Groups– support groups for LGBTQ students
    • Youth Outreach Worker meetings
    • Peer Wellness Coaching meetings
    • Latinas Unidas Group for Latina identified students
    • Mindfulness Groups with Wellness staff and Niroga Institute
    • FUERTE– support group for recently arrived immigrant students with  Wellness & UCSF staff

Groups Facilitated by CBO Partners through the Wellness Programs:

    • Poly Club– for Pacific Islander students with SCDC
    • Newcomer Support Groups with Good Samaritan, CYC, IFR
    • Young Men’s Empowerment  Group with CARECEN
    • Support Group for Arab and Muslim students with AROC
Outreach and Education
  • Substance misuse presentations by Health Initiatives For Youth (HIFY) at six schools (Zoom)
  • Information about how to stay healthy and reduce anxiety and stress during COVID-19 (email blasts, Google Classrooms, webpages)
  • Mindfulness sessions for students and staff (Zoom)
  • Opportunities for students to self-refer through Wellness Center webpage and office hours.
Access to Services
  • Wellness referral form on school website
  • Email the Wellness Coordinator or School Social Worker
  • Check the School Counselor or Wellness Program’s Google Classroom for information about Wellness staff office hours
  • Wellness staff who reach out to students and families will leave a Google Voice number where students or families can call back
  • www.sfwellness.org has been updated

To access a Wellness referral form or contact information for the Wellness Teams, please visit our school sites , or visit each school’s Wellness Center website.

Staff Wellness
  • Consultation
  • Mindfulness sessions
  • Staff support groups

San Francisco Wellness Initiative

The San Francisco Wellness Initiative is a groundbreaking program dedicated to improving the health, well-being and academic success of the city’s 16,000 public high school students at 19 campuses. In safe, confidential settings, experts in adolescent health at onsite Wellness Centers help teens gain the skills they need to cope with complex issues such as stress, trauma, suicide, bullying, depression, self-esteem, drug and alcohol use, sexual health and relationships. Students learn positive, lifelong habits that contribute to their well-being and success, and ultimately, to the health of the communities in which they live.

The Wellness Initiative is the only school-based program for adolescent health and wellness of its kind. The Initiative is made possible through a unique partnership between the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF), the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). By leveraging the resources of each agency, student health is addressed from a citywide perspective.

In Their Own Words - How Wellness Helps