May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Being aware of mental health strategies and resources has become increasingly important for our students.
Recently, the CDC released a sobering report on a longitudinal study of Youth Risk Behavior Trends that found that "nearly 3 in 5 (57%) U.S. teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021—double that of boys, representing a nearly 60% increase and the highest level reported over the past decade." If you have questions or concerns about mental health for your student, please reach out to your child's school counselor.
This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month with the More Than Enough campaign! This campaign emphasizes the belief that "No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough." The NAMI and Mental Health America websites both have a wealth of information and resources.
Additionally, the following sites provide directories/assistance in finding a therapist. Your child's school counselor is also a great resource in navigating the process of identifying a community counselor.