Berkeleyside Interview with Edgewood’s Christine Garcia

Mental health crisis will outlast pandemic in Berkeley schools

Edgewood’s San Francisco Regional Director, Christine Garcia, was interviewed as part of a Berkeleyside article addressing how Berkeley is preparing for a new wave of students needing mental health care when full-time, in-person school returns in the fall.

“I think there’s a misconception that once the schools reopen, everything’s going to be better,” said Dr. Christine Garcia, San Francisco regional director of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families. “I think that’s true to a certain extent. What’s missed is that many of us have been through these quite intense and traumatic experiences.” Garcia’s eighth-grader is enrolled in Berkeley Unified and has struggled with depression and anxiety this year. Her nonprofit has seen referrals for residential treatment rise by about a third during the pandemic.

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