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Back to School & Mental Health

Over the last few years, the pandemic has made it difficult to remember how important feeling safe is to our mental health. But safety is vital, and if needs like safety aren’t met, a mental health condition may develop.

Many adolescents haven’t been able to feel that sense of safety for a long time. Not only are they dealing with fears that a family member (or they themselves) might be exposed to COVID-19, but some have had to face an abusive home environment, a family financial hardship, or even a family loss. When a child or teen experiences this kind of hardship, it can feel as if the world is crashing down on them. That’s why it’s crucial right now, as students return to school, for parents, teachers, and administrators to do everything they can to foster a safe and secure environment. School can be a refuge from some of these difficult situations at home, and a place that students feel out of harm’s way.

Still, even in the safest of environments, we are in a youth mental health crisis, and many students will exhibit symptoms of depression and anxiety as they return to the classroom. It is important to let kids and teens know that support is available. Each school has different types of education and counseling services, so it is best to become familiar with the resources that your school provides. To take an initial mental health screening, students can access www.MHAScreening.org for a free, confidential, and anonymous mental health test.

If you think a child or teen is in immediate danger of taking suicidal action, please call the suicide & crisis lifeline at 988.

 

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Address:
20400 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72210 
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PHONE: 501-821-5500

EMAIL: info@youthhome.org

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed