Supporting a Child’s Mental Health

Children go to school, not only with their backpack, but they bring with them countless things. Factors that vary from family issues to health, learning style, learning abilities and cultural behavior, are carried by our children to school. Each of these influence and determine our children’s learning and development.

Parents are the natural source of support for a child’s mental health, but it is a reality today that high levels of stress and difficult situations in life make it imperative that parents extend their support systems beyond just their home. I believe it is important that teachers and other caregivers partner with parents to provide the support our children need to thrive.

Children go to school every day, they spend many hours of their life in school, so school becomes a natural and crucial place to promote mental health for our children. Teachers are trained caring adults that have the opportunity to perceive and address their needs.

Teachers and educational support staff are the cornerstones for helping our children develop this solid foundation. Protective factors can and should be initiated by teachers and educators in elementary school in order to establish children’s long term capacity for positive behavior, social competency, academic achievement, and emotional well-being. These factors and supports include:

  • A sense of belonging
  • Accomplishment
  • Adapting to change
  • Recognition
  • Making a difference
  • Resiliency

Teachers and parents can also turn toward Sleep’n Sync to assist. Sleep’n Sync can set your child up for success. It works behind the scene to build your child’s confidence and skills, guiding your child to change and learn effective coping skills. Help your child be receptive to learn, change and develop skills needed for everyday living through Sleep’n Sync.

By Deborah Hamui