School will start up again very soon for students. This year in particular, it’s important to think about more than just new notebooks and sneakers for back to school. Students will face one of the most challenging years in history for learning. That means putting emphasis on their mental health alongside their education.
Granted, mental health for students is always a concern. Kid’s lives can become loaded with assignments, extra-curriculars, and socializing. Today, we have some great books from Lulu authors that may help in promoting healthy students. Along with some great resources for educators and parents to help identify and deal with mental health strain.
Identifying Mental Health Concerns
Students will often exhibit signs they are struggling. To help educators and parents better identify potential mental health concerns, Mentalhealth.gov published a thorough list of warning signs to look out for:
- Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
- Seriously trying to harm oneself, or making plans to do so
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
- Involvement in many fights or desire to badly hurt others
- Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt oneself or others
- Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make oneself lose weight
- Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
- Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still that puts the student in physical danger or causes problems in the classroom
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
- Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Drastic changes in the student’s behavior or personality
Read their full article along with loads of additional content on Mentalheath.gov.
Many initiatives exist to help educators, parents, and even entire campuses think about how to support students in need. John McPhee, CEO of the nonprofit The Jed Foundation, believes a comprehensive approach is the best way. His idea focuses on four focal points:
- Support the development of life skills
- Promote social connectedness
- Identify students at risk
- Increase help-seeking behaviors
These all represent important ways to help students with difficult and potentially overwhelming times.
If you know someone who is struggling with a return to school or if they are dreading the uncertain educational future, consider McPhee’s advice:
Research shows that supportive relationships and feelings of connectedness to fellow students, family, friends, faculty members and mentors are protective factors that can help lower the risk for suicide and promote emotional well-being.
Give A Book
It doesn’t have to be a book from the list below. You don’t even have to buy a book; you can give one off your shelf! Because we know that giving is good for ourselves and for the recipient. And when faced with a challenge, something like a good book can be the perfect thing to help dispel a negative state of mind.
Mental Health Books From Lulu
Shop Lulu’s Bookstore for some terrific books to help students this fall. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.
Youth-for-Youth Mental Health Guidebook
Letters to Strangers presents… The world’s first-ever youth-for-youth mental health guidebook! In this book, we cover the A to Z of mental health in style.
Destined for Greatness
Destined for Greatness is a 31-day devotional written by teenage brothers, Jaylen and Dillan Botts.
With so many options and superficial cliches associated with “wokeness” and mental health, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to begin. You know something or things aren’t going as you would like in your life.
Raising strong and kind girls takes a village. Let this journal be a part of your village. Full of lessons on identity, self-love, emotions, personal growth, and relationships that will help the young girls in your life grow into empowered and emotionally-healthy young ladies.
Inhale Deep: A 3-day girl’s guide to loving herself 1st
Inhale Deep: A 3-day girl’s guide to loving herself 1st is a motivational girl’s journal filled with mindful practices, affirmations and self empowerment activities.
beREAL. Check-in. Journal
In this 10 week interactive journal, you’ll find 10 Chapters that provide an overview of 10 core emotions, with suggestions for ways to feel, process and understand these emotions.
Coloring and Activity Books
unicorn coloring book
50 completely unique unicorn coloring pages for kids ages 4-10! Unicorns are so much fun to color because they lead such interesting, magical lives! They meet princesses, dragons and mermaids.
Project 52 – Spiral
Project 52 provides weekly prompts to unleash your creative mind.
Paul is the Content Marketing Manager at Lulu. When he's not entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person but considers himself cat tolerant.