New class at 2 local high schools sheds light on mental health issues

MARSHVILLE, N.C. — From peer pressure to self-esteem issues, high school kids are dealing with a lot -- not to mention an ongoing pandemic.

That’s why Anna Warren is teaching a new statewide pilot program on mental health at Forest Hills High School. Monroe High School is the only other Union County school offering the two-part course, which students can take as an elective.

“They’re learning ways around the stigmas and around the stuff they’re seeing on social media,” Warren said.

[WSOC SPECIAL SECTION: MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES]

>> In the video at the top of this webpage, Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura explains the curriculum and the way it’s setting some students up for a career in the mental health field.