Learn About Back-To-School Mental Health Support For Your Family

Children and adolescents with mental health challenges such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Aggresive Behavior and Attention-related Disorders do not do as well academically and emotionally during the school year.

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According to Johns Hopkins Medicine Research some students experience back-to-school anxiety created by the uncertainty the new school year brings. Emotions such as anxiety, depression, excessive worry, low self-esteem or self-worth, PTSD, and aggressive behavior can flourish between the previous weeks to the weeks after students attend class for the new year. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for the new school year.

Causes for Back-To-School Anxiety

Transitions and changes can be difficult to some students especially those with behavioral health issues. Back-To-School can bring out symptoms of anxiety, depression, excessive worry, low self-esteem or self-worth, PTSD and aggressive behavior.

Main causes for these conditions are having a new teacher, bullying, starting in a new school, separating from a parent or parents for the first time, anxiety cause by homework load, making new friends, feelings of acceptance among peers and discrimation.

What Can We Do To Help?

You can take the first steps to help your children and adolescents by identifying the symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Attention-related issues
  • Feelings of Sadness
  • Stomachaches
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping alone

What Can Schools Do To Help?

Schools can create an environment that fosters feelings of connectedness and belonging while welcoming students and staff from all races, nationalities and backgrounds.

Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person's national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Laws prohibiting national origin discrimination make it illegal to discriminate because of a person's birthplace, ancestry, culture or language and schools and learning institutions should enforce and protect students by enforcing these laws.

  • Foster positive peer relationships
  • Encourage school staff to identify students with behavioral health issues and provide help
  • Take steps to decrease discrimination in school environments
  • Promote mental health for school staff
  • Manage expectations of parents, students, and staff through clear communication

Regis House counts with qualified counselors in our staff that are ready to listen, help, and advise you and your family. For more information about our programs contact us at: [email protected]


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