Supporting the Mental Health of Students
May 12, 2020
As we all continue to work through these challenging times, the mental health of our students remains a top priority. The transition to virtual learning, changes in daily routines, the inability to hold special events like prom and graduation, and more, are producing many new and challenging emotions in our students such as anger, disappointment, and anxiety. Helping them to work through these emotions is important for their mental health.
Did you know that FamilyMeans provides school-based support in 5 school districts in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin? And that our therapists are available via tele-health services to provide mental health support to you and your children in the comfort of your home? Contact your student’s guidance counselor (or fill out this form) for more information and set-up an appointment!
Advice from our specialized therapists on ways to support your child’s mental health.
Focus on Self-Care
Changes in routine has likely impacted your child’s self-care practices. Are they getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising, spending time off screens, and getting outside? This can be difficult to do! Try out our self-care challenge, a printable guide to help you improve your mental and physical health, great for all ages!
Re-Imagine Special Events
As the school-year comes to a close many of the usual special events have been postponed or cancelled. Your child may be missing out on a traditional prom, graduation, or simple end of year celebrations. This likely has them feeling disappointed and sad. Get creative in finding ways to celebrate and have fun to help ease the emotions they have. Host a virtual celebration with family/friends, get dressed up and take photos or drive by family/friends, and create new traditions such as a special meal or outing.
Arrange Time with Family and Friends
Social distancing is hard. Your children may be feeling isolated and lonely. It is important that they find ways to safely connect with people that they are not quarantined with. Help to set-up video calls with their family and friends, encourage letter writing or crafting that they can share with others.
Be Open about Your Emotions
Much of how your children learn to manage their emotions come from watching you, especially at a young age. As age appropriate, discuss the thoughts and feelings that you are having during this challenging time. It can be helpful for your child to know that you are sad, disappointed, or having anxiety too, and how you are working through these emotions as well.
Speak with a Counselor
Sometimes you need the support of a professional. School-based therapists can help your child in individual sessions, or your family in a group session, to work through the emotions that come with the changes in our world today.
May is mental health awareness month, and a great time to focus on your family’s mental health. As a mental health support provider, FamilyMeans provides excellent resources and support to students and families. Find additional resources and learn more on our Counseling & Therapy page.
Written by Melena Nelson
FamilyMeans Communications Corrdinator