MESA Mental Health Check Bot
PROJECT GOAL: MESA Mental Health Check’s objective is to help high school students experiencing mental health challenges communicate their needs to their teachers, counselor, nurse, or other school faculty. Additionally, it is a way to give access to free in-person counseling in real-time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in three high school students experience mental health challenges, and only 10% receive counseling. This can impact their ability to learn in school, as well as create long-lasting problems that extend past high school. Our team addressed high school teen mental health by creating a discreet way for teens to communicate with teachers or counselors via Discord to obtain free on-demand counseling. Our users and school staff think it would be effective and recommended that we further develop and implement it in schools.