Mental Health America 2020 Back to School Toolkit
Mental Health America (MHA) has developed its 2020 Back to School Toolkit with this and more in mind to help students, parents, and school personnel navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19.
Many children who return to school will be lonely, having been isolated for months. Many who remain at home will feel even lonelier and more isolated as they see members of their peer group out and about. Loneliness can translate to poor sleep, high blood pressure, greater risk of suicidal ideation, and even alcohol and drug use. Depression, anxiety, and fear can also increase.
That is true for all age groups. This means that this year, we all – parents, teachers, caregivers, students – need to attend to our mental wellbeing more consciously than ever before.
- Dealing with Potential Exposure - The Stress of Physically Reopening Schools
- Teachers - Protecting Your Mental Health
- Teachers and Parents - Working Together To Make Distance Learning Work
- Know The Signs - Recognizing Mental Health Concerns in Kids and Teens
- Missing How Things Used To Be
- What Can I Do When I'm Afraid
- How To Maintain Your Social Relationships During Online School (For Kids and Teens)
- Dealing with Tough Situations
2019 Back to School Toolkit Materials
- Are You Stressed Out - For Children and Teens
- Loneliness is Hard - For Children and Teens
- Is Your Child Lonely
- Is Your Child Stressed Out
- Back to School Posters
2018 Back to School Toolkit Materials
- B2S Worksheet - Keep Your Mind Grounded
- B2S Fact Sheet - Preventing Suicide
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Anxiety
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Depression
- B2S Fact Sheet - Recognizing Psychosis
- B2S Fact Sheet - Understanding Trauma
Just like physical health, taking care of mental health struggles early can help to prevent more serious problems from developing in the future. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health problem, it is important to act before Stage 4. Start the conversation. Seek help from a trusted adult. Remember there is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is help and hope. Don’t know how to start the conversation? MHA has tips and information to help get you started at tips4talking.
There are also serious signs that someone is in crisis and needs more immediate help. These include thoughts or plans of hurting oneself or another person. If you or someone you know is in crisis call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “MHA” to 741741, or call 911.
Previous Back to School Toolkits can be found at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school