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Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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    How Community Service Supports Students in Tough Times

    Giving struggling middle and high school students opportunities to help others may ease some of the stress they’re feeing this year.
    Sean Cassel
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  • An illustration of the interior thoughts of a boy

    Are We Facing a Mental Health Crisis for Boys?

    Emphasizing stoicism, toughness, and competition can leave boys without the emotional tools they need to thrive. How can we change course before the problem gets out of hand?
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  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
  • A side profile of a young woman. Part of her face is comprised of triangles that are breaking off of her face.

    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
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  • A photo collage featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

    Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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  • Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Singing or humming can be a simple way to get the whole classroom recentered when things are out of hand.
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  • Photo collage showing techniques for mindfulness and personal connection

    How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

    Morning meetings are a good place to start, but what you really need is a toolkit of strategies to meet your students’ social and emotional needs all day long.
    9k
  • Illustration concept showing teen under stress

    A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

    A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
    19.8k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
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  • How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-being

    How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-Being

    As schools have taken classes outside for safer in-person learning, many have found the value of connecting mindfulness activities to nature.
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  • A black and white illustration of a young woman looking distressed

    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
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  • Silhouette of young teen girl sitting on floor

    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
    2.6k

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