When you go back to school, the spread of colds and germs is shared in sealed spaces. And as kids head back to school across the country, it’s important to remember that their mental health is just as important to the people around them as their physical health.
Not many people have read or seen stories about the youth mental health crisis plaguing the nation. With the ongoing pandemic, lack of physical social interaction, social distancing, and other once-in-a-lifetime events that children and teens face, even adults are unsure how to cope. Adolescence is a confusing time without the added concerns of safety in schools, health care, family financial security, and the loss of a loved one, so it should come as no surprise that anxiety, depression, suicide, and other mental health issues can occur. Adding.
With the new School-to-School Toolkit, Mental Health America (MHA) understands that youth have “all the feels” as they enter the new school year.
of MHA toolkit resources Look at the problems young people face as they affect their mental health and give advice on how to deal with them and the emotions they cause. The toolkit will help parents and school staff better understand issues such as the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and how to support them.
The National Institute on Mental Illness (NAMI) also has specific information for school-related stress. of Fall 2022 Back to School Resources Providing information for teachers and parents, children, youth and college students. Also NAMI’s “Hope starts with us: Back to school stress” podcast provides additional information.
NPR article “Monitor your student’s mental health this back-to-school season” is another helpful resource when students and caregivers return to the classroom.
Other organizations also have resources specifically to help youth, young adults and their families, including:
- Thinking of your mind It creates experiences that open minds and show people that they are not alone when they struggle. The young speakers who have successfully and productively dealt with their mental health challenges will share their stories of hope, recovery and recovery. They use the power of storytelling to deliver evidence-based education about mental health challenges in schools, communities and workplaces. Mindfulness encourages young people to seek help and ensures that those around them are better equipped to provide that help. Learn more at https://www.mindingyourmind.org.
- Teen Talk app It’s a free, anonymous, place for teenagers to seek support from trained peers and learn from others with similar experiences. Teenagers can talk freely with their peers about everyday issues and their general mental health. Adolescent counselors are trained to support their peers through a variety of experiences including anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, school and more. Adolescent counselors are supervised by licensed mental health professionals. Learn more at https://www.teentalkapp.com.
- Trevor Project It is a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. Trained counselors are available 24/7 to youth who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or need someone safe and free from judgment. Call 866-488-7386, text START to 678-678 or start an online chat. Learn more at https://www.thetrevorproject.org.
These facilities are available due to the prevalence of mental health issues among young people. MHA has produced a report on the youth mental health crisis. Indicators of youth mental health and well-being reflect a growing public health crisis only exacerbated by Covid-19. entitled “Addressing youth mental health: The urgent need for additional education, services and supports” The MHA report is designed to guide advocacy at the state level and create a federal policy framework. The report aims to document alarming trends in youth mental health and disparities in access to care. Address several new state legislative solutions to promote school-based mental health education, supports, and services; And it highlights the impact of these policies on promoting equity and the role of youth leadership in ensuring legislation.
Mental health screenings are available through the MHA
Free, confidential, anonymous screening tools are available through MHA MHAScreening.org For youth and parents concerned about mental health. After the screening, the results are provided with tips and additional information for the next steps.
Serious signs that someone is in trouble and needs help, such as thoughts or plans to harm themselves or others, should be addressed quickly. If someone thinks a child or teenager is in immediate danger of taking suicidal action, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in 988. Trained crisis counselors can help them find local resources or suggest next steps.
Additional mental health resources to help faculty, staff, and students
To help teachers and staff
Review “Mental health resources” website with a variety of resources available to faculty and staff, which supports Behavioral health The pillar of Healthy boiler programand information on Purdue Health plan coverage For mental health and substance abuse.
To help students
Faculty and staff who work with students or have students at home can refer them to the resources listed below for behavioral health help. Note: United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) – a medical plan provider for undergraduate and graduate students – provides services in Tippecanoe County through 292 specialty mental health providers in network with UHCSR. The details are available. over here. In addition, students have access Very healthy youProvides virtual access to mental health care as part of the UHCR plan. All services are free for students under UHCSR insurance plan.