The Benefits of a Trauma-Informed School Community

Some students face the effects of traumatic experiences which cause mental health issues that have a significant effect on their ability to succeed in school. Creating a trauma-informed school environment will provide a teacher, counselor, or school-based clinician with the awareness to recognize students at risk and give them tools to provide support for students who have experienced trauma. Studies […]

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Taking Charge of School Refusal: 10 Warning Signs and 8 Interventions

By Zack Schwartz, MSW, LCSW, PsyA | Director of Sage Thrive Services 10 Warning Signs of School Refusal School refusal in children and adolescents is a significantly growing issue that impacts not only the student but the entire family, school personnel, and mental health professionals working with the student. Although school refusal may appear to be a very simple or […]

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School Refusal: 8 Effective Intervention Strategies

School refusal impacts between 2 and 5% of students.1 This anxiety-based mental health issue ranges from mild separation anxiety to more severe cases of anxiety or depression that can cause young adolescents to miss weeks or months of school each year. School-based counseling can provide effective interventions that help students improve attendance and enjoy learning again. School professionals and parents/guardians […]

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From Helicopter to Lawnmower

By Executive Director, John Reilly, MSW, LCSW, PsyA. The newest parenting style label is the lawnmower parent. These parents are described as doing anything to prevent their child’s failure and mowing down any obstacles to their child’s success. People describing the lawnmower parent might do so in a condescending tone – As if they would never ever engage in such behavior. […]

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Suicide Risk Assessment for Schools

Suicide Risk Assessment for Schools: A Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Process Improvement The first step to effective suicide prevention in schools is ensuring a safe and accepting environment that fosters trusting relationships with adults. From this starting point, successful suicide prevention educational programs, school-based suicide risk assessment, and effective in-school intervention plans may be implemented. At Sage Thrive, we understand the legal and moral […]

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The Benefits of In-District Therapeutic Services

Simply Surviving or Truly Thriving? The Benefits of In-District Therapeutic Services School-based mental health counseling creates a safe environment where students feel secure and empowered to discuss and report safety concerns. Studies show that students who have access to school-based therapeutic services even achieve greater academic success.1 One of the most cost-effective ways to provide in-district therapeutic services is to partner with a multi-faceted team […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders in the Classroom

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders in the Classroom Teachers may be among the first to witness the early warning signs of mental illness in their students. With the opportunity to observe their social and educational interactions on a regular basis, educators serve as a reliable and critical part of their school’s mental health awareness efforts. A compassionate staff member […]

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How Physical Activity Can Improve Mental Health

Everyone knows that exercising has great benefits to your body, but what most people don’t know is that it’s one of the most effective ways to improve mental health and well-being. Here are five ways that exercise and physical activities benefit your mental health. Better Sleep Schedule – Exercising often helps regulate your sleep schedule, causing you to be less […]

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Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

It’s no secret that many married couples get divorced while their children are still young. Parents may decide to get divorced for a variety of reasons, but ultimately the decision is made with the well-being of the entire family in mind. While parents are coping with divorce themselves, it can be hard to grasp just how divorce may impact their […]

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