Mental health is an integral aspect of our overall well-being, influencing our thoughts, emotions, and actions. It's shaped by a combination of biological factors, personal experiences, and environmental influences, making it a unique experience for everyone. Just as we nurture our bodies, it's vital to understand, recognize, and care for our mental and emotional needs, ensuring a balanced and fulfilling life.
While most CCSD#1 students report feeling happy and supported, it is not uncommon for a child to report feelings of stress, anxiety and depression at times. The challenges of modern life, academic pressures, and societal expectations can be overwhelming.
Campbell County School District: Connect with your child's school counselor for school counseling, community support groups, and outside mental health referrals. Additionally, schools counselors are great connectors for community resources for students and families in need.
Stay connected with your child. Regularly check-in, listen without judgment, and encourage open dialogue about feelings and challenges. Educate yourself about signs of mental distress to provide timely support.
It's vital to recognize signs that someone might be thinking about suicide. These can include talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, withdrawing from activities, and exhibiting extreme mood swings
What we're seeing:
An unsettling increase in reported feelings of hopelessness and incidents of self-harm among youth. It's imperative to approach this subject with care, ensuring that our students have safe spaces to share and seek help. Students want and need to feel supported and cared for when dealing with these emotions.
Educate yourself and your child about the signs and resources available. Ensure they know they can talk to someone if they or a friend are struggling. Foster a home environment where feelings and concerns can be shared openly and without judgment. Always take any mention or indication of suicide seriously.