Sage Thrive Today Blog Categorized as: Student Mental Health

The State of Student Mental Health in NJ School Districts

As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning. Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. The results highlight the impact […]

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Episode 11: Nancy Sulla on Engaging Students in a Hybrid Learning Environment

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. Chris Leonard: Welcome back to Conversations About Student Mental Health. […]

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What Teens Need From Their Parents in a Time of Crisis

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are a lot to handle, for all of us. Naturally, parents are concerned about how their children are handling it, and what they can do to help. Parents with young children certainly face a difficult challenge (especially those working at home). But at least their kids’ needs are more straightforward: primarily, to stay occupied […]

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PODCAST EPISODE 8: Social Media and Student Health Q&A

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.  Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is […]

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Podcast 7: The Anxiety Epidemic & Teacher Burnout: What’s the Solution?

Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is Director of Operations for Sage Thrive and the Sage Day Schools.  He is an experienced teacher, school administrator, social worker and psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Mr. Leonard is married with two daughters and enjoys distance running, mountain and road biking, hiking, and […]

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How to Conduct a Student Mental Health Needs Assessment

The movement for supporting mental health in New Jersey schools is gaining ground: this week a state assembly committee signed off on a bill that would mandate depression screenings for public school students in 7th through 12th grades (with parental consent). And in August, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that requires all New Jersey public schools to include mental health instruction in K through […]

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PODCAST EPISODE 6: Strategies for Funding Student Mental Health Programs

In this episode, Chris Leonard talks with Pat Hovey, a leader and innovator among NJ Directors of Special Services. Pat has worked to implement and fund successful programs for students with mental health problems in several New Jersey school districts, as well as serving as an advisor to numerous other districts. Chris and Pat discuss the process of obtaining funding […]

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PODCAST EPISODE 5: Navigating the Holidays: Supporting Students & Staff

In this episode, Chris Leonard talks with Dr. Mary Rose Scalo, a former Director of Special Services in Wayne and in Parsippany. Chris and Mary Rose discuss strategies for dealing with the heightened stress experienced by students, families, and staff during the holiday season and when transitioning back to school after the break.  Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. […]

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