How Can You Make Your School More Mental-Health Friendly? Five Questions for Educators
Another school year is here, and students are making their way back into the classroom. School is where young people spend a lot of their time, and educators can have a great influence on students’ well-being.
In Mental Health & Gen Z: What Educators Need to Know, we shared data and insights that emerged from our close listening to young people, which showed just how many are struggling with their mental health. Some statistics:
Educators are no strangers to the mental-health crisis that plagues today’s young people—and they have the power to make shifts and changes that turn school environments from stressful to supportive.
Below are prompts designed for those in education in various roles to think through ways to bring student mental health to the forefront. Educators can use this as a self-reflection tool to create a more meaningful connection to this work, or they can shift and adapt the prompts and share them with other teachers and administrators.
Take some time to ponder or journal about the following prompts:
Take time to jot down two or three actions you can take right away—no matter how small: Strike up a conversation with other educational professionals, reach out to students to learn more, or find out what resources may need to be made more readily available so more students can benefit. Small steps can equal big strides.