A new school year is right around the corner. With current world events, returning to school this year will likely look different than it did last spring. Whether schools choose to return in-person or virtually, the change-in-pace may have an effect on children’s mental health.
Two major benefits of virtual learning include students having the ability to work on their own time while simultaneously slowing the spread of disease. While this method of learning helps to keep children physically safe, some children may find difficulty in receiving access to necessary mental support and resources. Research done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has proven that just over 1/3 of adolescents within the United States rely on mental health services provided in educational settings. To uphold accessibility of these resources during this time, many are turning to the use of telehealth services.
Research suggests that children benefit academically when they’re provided a healthy classroom environment. Classroom learning allows students to feel a sense of connectedness to their peers. In turn, this can lead to an improvement in their overall wellbeing. To limit the spread of germs, schools who choose to reopen may be following CDC-approved protocols. This type of change in procedure can cause difficulties among children who look towards a routine to maintain their mental health.
Returning to school virtually or in-person this fall can both provide sets of benefits and struggles. Here are our top three tips to help strengthen your child’s mental health during these times:
- Talk with your child about feelings.
- Teach your child healthy sleep habits.
- Model positive self-care practices.
If your child is in need of children’s mental health services, please contact one of our professionals. Our welcoming team at Zumbro Valley Health Center is here to provide adult, child, and family mental health services in Rochester, Minnesota.