Category Archives: Back to School

School and Mental Health: When Parents need to Take Charge

School and Mental Health: When Parents need to Take Charge

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five school children in the United States suffers in their mental health: anxiety, difficulty focusing and social challenges.

As NPR has been reporting in their Mental Health in School series, many schools don’t have the resources to meet their needs.

That often means that parents have to take action in accessing the support they need to help them succeed. So what does this reality look like for a family in the United States?

This article from the NPR website discusses some of the actions parents can take to make their child’s school life more manageable:

  • Talk to doctors about medication is needed.
  • Speak with teachers about the child’s mental health needs.
  • Research.
  • Change schools if necessary.
  • Be patient with your child, and the school system.
  • Advocate for your teachers to get better training in mental health

It is imperative that parents work with each other, schools, and health professionals to make sure their children get the best care possible, so they are able to thrive during their academic career.

Written By: Michelle Rathburn, MAMFT

Suicide Myths That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

Suicide Myths That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

Suicide in America is not age specific. Sadly, teen suicide has become an American epidemic. Adults are no longer the only ones that experience mental health issues, millions of children in our country struggle with mental illness. One of the biggest challenges that face schools, parents, and medical professionals in identifying children who may be…

New Ideas for Resolutions

New Ideas for Resolutions

It can be easy to get stuck in the same routine where you make the same resolutions year after year.  I can’t count the number of times I have promised myself to drink less caffeine!  If you have tried the same few resolutions each year, why not try something different this year? Here are a…

Mental Health In Our Schools and How We Can Help Students

Mental Health In Our Schools and How We Can Help Students

About one in five children in the United States show signs of a mental health disorder – anything from ADHD to eating disorders and suicide. And yet, as NPR has been reporting in their series on the mental health crisis in U.S. schools, many schools aren’t prepared to work with these students. When there are…

The Perfectionist Child

The Perfectionist Child

A little perfectionist likes order, rules, and thrives on certainty. Perfectionism can start at an early age and when parents or caregivers give these children the support they need, they will thrive. However, it can be challenging to teach young children how to to deal with the inevitable reality that not everything can be achieved…

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