Imagine a space on a middle or high school campus that resembles a tranquil coffee house or the lobby of a high-end spa, replete with soft lighting, comfortable chairs, relaxing literature and light snacks.
And imagine all that’s asked of students who enter is that they take a moment to unplug, relax and recenter.
As part of a multifaceted effort to fortify the mental health of children and teenagers across the county, the Orange County Department of Education and CHOC have teamed up to pilot a handful of school-based “WellSpace” centers that will encourage students to take a break from life’s daily stressors in thoughtfully designed, supervised environments that are safe, calming and inclusive.
Two of the schools selected to take part are Oak and McAuliffe Middle Schools. Here is the complete story at the OCDE website.