Masks have become a part of our lives. Masks are viewed as protection and wearing a mask is an act of self-care. But the mere existence of the mask also reminds us of the tremendous stress and uncertainty with which we have been living. Self-care is as important now as ever.
Mental Health in Education Blog
The right motivators can help to engage students When students are failing to complete work, falling behind, and even failing to show up for class, it can be challenging to figure out what’s wrong and how to turn things around. COVID has magnified the problem: absenteeism rates have doubled (now averaging 10 percent) since the […]
Creating a positive school culture that supports mental wellness is a topic that’s getting increasing attention in recent years. It’s an idea that makes sense: when students feel supported and safe, they show up, they can focus on learning, and they’re more engaged.
As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning. Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. […]
With many students learning remotely this fall (or spending limited time in the classroom), it’s now much more difficult (even impossible) to deliver mental health counseling at school. Last spring, many were disappointed in the results from virtual counseling. Here are some tips to help students get the most benefit from virtual counseling this time […]
Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. Chris Leonard: Welcome back to […]