Schools have a unique opportunity to support mental health—children and youth are with us six hours a day, five days a week. We are not the only player in their lives—not even the major influence—but we do all we can to ensure students are cared for while with us during the school day, including care for their mental health.
Each of us can have an enormous influence in shaping student well-being, so we must do exactly that. Please stand up for our students.
With these beliefs in mind, we encourage all parents and educators to come together for a conversation when they find themselves concerned about a student.