Mental Health

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the psychological and emotional well-being of staff and students

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Data: Does Your State Have Enough School Psychologists and Counselors?
Education Week examined ratios of school psychologists and counselors to students across the country. 
Physical Education teacher Amanda DeLaGarza instructs students how to stretch during 7th grade P.E. class at Cockrill Middle School on Nov. 9, 2016 in McKinney, Texas.
Schools in the United States earned a D-minus grade in 2022 in an international ranking from the Physical Activity Alliance for how well they facilitate access to physical activity for students. Research shows that physical activity, such as participation in sports, improves mental health.
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Student Well-Being Sports Coaches Want More Training on How to Address Young Athletes' Mental Health
A survey found that only 18 percent of coaches feel confident that they know how to connect their athletes to mental health supports.
Arianna Prothero, November 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion One Simple Thing You Can Do to Make Yourself Happier
A happiness and time researcher shares a simple hack to make experiences more pleasurable.
Cassie Holmes, November 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being Students Have Ideas to Address Mental Health Challenges. They Want to Be Heard
Students have solutions that can help teachers and school leaders support youth dealing with stress, anxiety, and other issues.
Denisa R. Superville, November 28, 2022
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Student Well-Being After a Rash of Student Suicides, This School District Stepped Up
Hopeless at first over a student mental health crisis, Colorado's Cherry Creek school leaders decided to build a day-treatment program.
Denisa R. Superville, November 23, 2022
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Student Well-Being What Schools Can Do to Ease Students' Anxiety
Educators and researchers offer three tips on how schools can ease anxiety and mental health burdens for their students.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 23, 2022
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Elijah Newcomb of Colorado Springs lays flowers near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.
Elijah Newcomb of Colorado Springs lays flowers near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., the morning after a mass shooting there that killed five people.
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Equity & Diversity How to Talk to LGBTQ Students About the Colorado Nightclub Shooting
The tragedy is a difficult moment for a group of students already under strain.
Alyson Klein & Arianna Prothero, November 21, 2022
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Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard, writes messages on each of the 10 crosses representing victims in front of the school in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 21, 2018.
Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard, writes messages on each of the 10 crosses representing victims in front of the school in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 21, 2018.
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School Climate & Safety Video They Survived a School Shooting. Here’s What They Want You to Know
The survivors of one school shooting offer insight and advice to future school leaders dealing with similar tragedies in their communities.
Lauren Santucci, November 17, 2022
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Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum How Schools Are Helping Special Education Students Recover From the Pandemic
Join us to learn about the pandemic’s impact on students who sometimes receive less attention in conversations about special education.
November 16, 2022
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says Pandemic Anxiety Was Higher for Teachers Than for Health-Care Workers
Since the pandemic, teachers are significantly more likely to have anxiety symptoms than those in other professions.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 15, 2022
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Student Well-Being Expert Tips on Tackling Student Absences During the Fall and Winter
Planning ahead and using creative approaches to student engagement can help.
Evie Blad, November 10, 2022
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Student Well-Being Middle School Is Tough for Kids. Here's What Districts Can Do to Help
Focus on relationships, coherence of services, and ensuring kids hit critical academic targets for high school success, a new brief concludes.
Sarah Schwartz, November 4, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Talk to Students About Stress
Students are under a lot of pressure, but avoiding stress isn’t the answer. Here’s what can help.
Christopher J. Bryan, November 2, 2022
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Education Funding How Districts Should Spend Federal School Safety Money
Districts should focus on the mental health needs of students, according to a Center for American Progress report.
Lauraine Langreo, October 31, 2022
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Student Well-Being As Student Mental Health Concerns Rise, States Turn to Telehealth
With telehealth services, schools can reach students who have limited or no access to local providers.
Lauraine Langreo, October 30, 2022
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