Mental Health America 2019 Back to School Toolkit
In recognition of the challenges a new school year presents for children and adolescents, Mental Health America (MHA) is providing new resources on student mental health, with an emphasis on web-based tools that can be easily shared across social media platforms.
This year, MHA’s resources help increase understanding of stress and loneliness in children and teens. Materials on the topic are available for parents, school personnel, and young people.
“Half of all mental health disorders begin by the age of 14. About 75 percent begin by the age of 24. It’s important for parents, caregivers, and school personnel to know the signs that a young person is struggling with his or her mental health and be willing to help,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of MHA.
“While we can’t completely shield young people from all that life throws at them, we can help them learn to manage their emotions and reactions in ways that cultivate resilience.”