GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Students at Central High School are getting a helping hand for their physical and mental health.

The school will be the first in Mesa County to have a school based health center. The clinic will be operated by Marillac Health, a local healthcare company based in Grand Junction.

School based health centers take the stress of getting healthcare off students and their families.

Central High’s health center will be a place students can get immediate help if they’re sick or dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

The clinic will include five employees from Marillac Health: a full-time medical assistant, a behavioral health provider, front desk worker, mid-level health care provider, and a quarter-time dental hygienist.

Students pay for any treatment through their family’s insurance. But, if a student can’t afford it, the clinic will absorb the cost.