Student mental health and well-being is an important part of student success and a priority at the NLPS. September is our time to reunite with students and get to hear how they have been. Reuniting with wellness is important – District staff will be taking some time to understand how the students have been and what their needs are.
Mental health impacts us all. Just as we all have physical health, we all have mental health. Our mental well-being includes our emotions, our thoughts and feelings, our ability to solve problems and overcome difficulties, our social connections, and our understanding of the world around us.
Schools support mental health and well-being in different ways. It may be practicing yoga, doing daily mindful practices or encouraging kindness. All of these help students return to a state of CALM.
5 Tips for Return to School
- Know what is in your control and your child’s control and stay focused on this. Resist looking too far ahead.
- Remain confident – the district is doing all it can to minimize risk. Kids feel our confidence and feel assured and safe.
- Establish your routines and stick with them. Go outside whenever you can.
- Expect some worry but manage it with deep breathing and exercise.
- Ask for help if you need it – schools have great support teams ready with resources.
Resource of The Month
Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families
NARSF Programs Ltd.
Child & Youth focused Programs for:
- Eating Disorders ages 6-18
- Sexual Abuse Intervention – ages 5-18
- Living in Families with Teens - (LIFT) ages 12-18
- Transitions – substance use & withdrawal for youth ages 12-19