Updated 2/15/18: Mental Health News
Can you believe March is right around the corner? With Spring on the horizon, we have a lot to look forward to at American Academy. The third trimester of the ’17-’18 school year is going to be a busy one, filled with lots more learning and fun. This time of year can be more stressful and exhausting for students, their families, and educational staff alike. It is important that we are all taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally. As a starter, take some time as a family to discuss those things that help give us balance in life and then be sure to support each other with those things when life can become a bit stressful and overwhelming. This Student Support Services update focuses on supporting children when they express anxiety and provides mental health resources to families when experiencing signs of depression or other more significant mental health concerns.
What to Say to Children When They Are Anxious:
As our children are moving into the third trimester they are dealing with many emotions. This may include excitement for summer vacation, stress from homework, conflict with peers, transitioning to high school, and a host of other emotions. Spring is an exciting time in schools but it is also a time that can lend itself to anxiety in our children and ourselves. The following resources provide some helpful information around anxiety in children and coping with stress.
Signs of Mental Health Illness:
Mental health needs in our society as a whole have increased, and we find ourselves wanting to know more about how to identify signs of mental health needs in others. The following resources provide information on helping to identify warning signs or symptoms of what might be a call for mental health support.
For more information and resources around these topics, please visit the Student Support Services School Counseling and School Counseling Resources pages. As always, American Academy is always here to support our families so please do not hesitate to reach out to our Student Support Services team.
For those students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Section 504 plans, progress reports for the end of the 2nd trimester will be sent home by Friday, February 23. If parents have any questions they are asked to contact their student's case manager.