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Written by Candy Tai
on May 24, 2023

Mental health is one of the most important factors in determining a student’s academic success. Poor mental health can lead to decreased self-esteem, increased stress levels, and decreased concentration, all of which can affect a student’s ability to succeed in school.

Educators recognize that it’s essential to promote mental health among their students in order to create a productive learning environment. Let’s explore five strategies that help schools take a positive step toward building healthier educational environments:

Five ways to promote mental health awareness in schools:

1. Incorporate mental health education
Incorporate mental health education into the curriculum, including lessons on stress management, self-care, and mindfulness.

2. Encourage open communication
Encourage open communication and create a safe space for students to share their emotions and experiences.

3. Promote healthy habits
Promote physical activity and healthy eating habits, which are linked to improved mental health.

4. Offer support
Offer resources and support services, such as counseling and therapy, to students who may be experiencing mental health challenges.

5. Raise awareness
Raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health through school-wide events and campaigns, like Mental Health Awareness Month (May).

Involving both teachers and students in these activities can make them more engaging while also providing an opportunity for collaboration between educators and students. Promoting improved mental health among K-12 students helps create an optimal learning environment where everyone feels safe and supported. Schools are taking a positive step forward toward building healthier educational environments for everyone.

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