Tips for Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

Every teacher has students struggling with mental health issues Did you know that 20% of students aged 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health disorder that causes some degree of impairment? Even worse, 10% have a disorder that causes significant impairment. And by all measures, student mental health issues are on the rise, including anxiety, mood, attention, and behavior […]

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Mandated Mental Health Education Is Trending, But Is It Enough?

Mandated mental health education in public schools seems to be trending across the country. New York and Virginia pioneered this concept in the summer of 2018, becoming the first two states to pass a law requiring mental health education in public schools. This past summer, Florida and New Jersey passed similar laws. Let’s take a look at the new mental […]

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School Refusal Interventions: 3 Common Mistakes

Effectively managing school refusal (also known as school avoidance or school phobia) takes a consistent, coordinated effort between the parents and the school. It may also require help from outside mental health resources. In this article, we’ll address common mistakes as well as more effective school refusal intervention strategies for both schools and parents.

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Podcast Episode 3: Strategies for Handling School Avoidance

  Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. In this episode, I will be speaking with a […]

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Podcast Episode 2: A Proactive Approach to Avoid School Tragedies

Welcome to our podcast Conversations About Student Mental Health.  I’m Chris Leonard, clinical social worker and educator, working with adolescents for over 25 years. The purpose of this podcast is to talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. In our last episode, we […]

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Podcast Episode 1: The School District’s Role in Addressing Student Mental Health

Welcome to our podcast, Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, clinical social worker, working with adolescents for over 25 years. The purpose of this podcast is to talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents, to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. In this first episode, I’m going to […]

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Student Suicide: What educators should watch for

By Christopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Parents and educators have grown increasingly anxious about child suicide and they have good reason for concern. . Among school age youth, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In a survey of United States students in grades 9 through 12, 16% reported that they seriously considered suicide, and 8% stated that […]

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Mental Health Intervention for Students: When & How to Act

By Christopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. If you have not yet heard that there is a mental health crisis in America, you have not been paying attention. But because you have been paying attention, you know that this crisis is having a significant impact on school-aged children and adolescents. Studies suggest that more than 1 in 5 adolescents between […]

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