Supporting young students
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Mental health issues have been on the rise in children aged K-17 since the pandemic, and we are still seeing the aftermath in schools and homes across the country.
In fact, the Surgeon General declared a State of Emergency for children and mental health issues.
Stacy Crawford, from Klear Water Coaching & Wellness, provides some suggestions for adults who are in supporting roles of children, including teachers, relatives, and parents. She specifically targets children k-5, but it could be helpful for anyone.
- Be mindful about the language we use. Stacy says we should be careful not to project onto children our own feelings of worry or panic. Do not label children with “anxiety”.
- Acknowledge that emotions come and go and they can feel scary but they are normal and they are ever changing.
- Encourage children at a young age to notice and trust what makes them feel better and create their own tool kit.
- Use an online app like Insight Meditation Timer or Calm for breathing exercises.