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3 Strategies for Helping Students in Crisis Return to School

A student in mental health or behavioral crisis can display obvious actions such as punching or screaming. But other mental health struggles can be hidden, including suicidal ideations, depression and anxiety. As more students return to school after long periods of virtual learning, schools need to be prepared to respond strategically to all types of intensive behaviors, say school psychology experts. Read more ›

Review of 130 Studies Favors Reopening Schools With Safety Measures

The safe reopening of schools for in-person learning — with the use of mitigation efforts — is a critical step in addressing the physical, academic and emotional stress students have faced during the pandemic, school administrators, researchers, physicians and scientists said during two separate press briefings. Read more ›

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Children’s Health Council Awarded $2.5 Million to Provide COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Recovery by Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall Initiative

Twitter and Square Co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has awarded Children’s Health Council (CHC) $2.5 million to support the Bay Area agency’s COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Initiative to build capacity to respond to the mental health needs of children, teens, young adults and families that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Read more ›

‘No One Is Sure What to Expect’: Schools, Colleges Add More Counseling Services to Address Student Mental Health

As students begin returning to the classroom as the pandemic eases, schools are bracing for an onslaught of serious mental health conditions that, for some students, may take years to overcome. Read more ›

Are the Kids Alright? Teens Speak Out About the Emotional Toll of a Year in Isolation

Nine months into the global pandemic, Riley Capuano told a grid of faces on a Zoom screen why she and her peers needed schools to reopen.

“I’ve never seen this many students struggling with mental health,” the Los Altos High School junior said during a virtual school board meeting on Dec. 14. Read more ›

Stress & Resilience During COVID

Our bodies and minds have been on high alert for a year now. COVID has altered almost every aspect of our lives, and the effects of this cumulative and prolonged stress response can affect our brain size, structure and functioning. But not all stress is bad, and adapting in the face of adversity can build resilience, confidence and skills to weather future storms.

We sat down with Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist at CHC, Patty Crisostomo, PhD, to learn about the very individualized ways that stress can manifest itself in kids and adults, and effective vs. ineffective coping strategies. Read more ›

UCSF CARES COVID-19 Resources [web resource] [downloadable]

The UCSF Collaborative to Advise on Re-opening Education Safely (CARES) offers timely guidance and a webinar series to help school administrators, public health officers, and policymakers make informed decisions and ensure a safe and ideal learning environment for children, teachers, staff, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more ›

Nearly One-Third Of Parents May Stick With Remote Learning

One year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms around the country and the world, U.S. parents are guardedly optimistic about the academic and social development of their children, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds. Read more ›

CDC Releases New Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People

On March 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.

The new guidance—which is based on the latest science — includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. Read more ›

Teen Mental Health Has Suffered During the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic

As early as last spring, psychologists were warning that even as children and teens were spared most of the physical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shuttering of schools, the lack of contact with friends and the loss of milestones like birthday parties, graduations and more would exact a heavy emotional and developmental price. Now, a year on, the numbers are in—and they’re in some ways worse than the experts feared. Read more ›

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