SDA students seeking other students to share mental wellness stories


Two San Dieguito Academy students are looking for other high school students throughout the state to share their mental wellness stories for an article they’re working on in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

“Mental health is often complex and having added variables to what students are juggling with, whether that be family, school, or self identity problems, is difficult,” said Taylor Lee, a junior, via email. “Students are just as vulnerable to mental health problems as adults are.”

One of their goals is to reduce the stigma typically attached to mental health issues.

Taylor once built a mental health app that won the Congressional App Challenge, and serves as treasurer of her school’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

She and Georgia Villarreal, a freshman on the school newspaper, are writing the article. Georgia said she is interested in mental health issues because she wants to help others going through any problems.

Their work will be posted on the San Dieguito Academy app and on the Los Angeles Times’ High School Insider website.

Submissions are due by May 23. For more information, visit