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Supporting Mental Health in Schools

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five youths ages 13–18 experiences a serious mental health condition, and of chronic cases of mental illness, 50 percent begin by age 14. Yet, on average, it takes 8–10 years from the onset of symptoms until intervention. How can schools play a stronger front line role in identifying potential issues and helping affected students thrive both academically and socially?

Read the following feature articles in ASCD Express, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) free e-newsletter. 

Three Ways to Counter the Effects of Stress on the Brain

Students experiencing toxic or constant levels of stress have a hard time slowing down emotional responses or accessing their cognitive resources. These practices help make school a haven from toxic stress and influence positive brain changes in children.

Seven Easy Steps to Personalized Mindfulness in Schools

Are your attempts to integrate mindful moments into you or your students’ days falling flat? Switch from a prescriptive to a personalized approach with these simple actions.

Observe & Support: Proactive Tools for Mental Health in Schools

To support mental health in schools, educators must hone their skills for observing and documenting behaviors to better support students and their families. Tools like the Anxiety Documentation Log can get you started.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in School

Schools are recognizing that more and more students experience some form of trauma. But by making the classroom a safe place with established norms, valuing student voice, and being alert to unusual behaviors, educators can proactively support vulnerable students.

Published twice a month, this resource seeks to give educators practical, actionable strategies and information from the most reputable sources—the colleagues and experts working in the education field.

Source: ASCD Express, | Supporting Mental Health in Schools, Volume 13,  Issue 10, http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol13/1310-toc.aspx | Copyright © 2018 by ASCD

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