Sage Thrive Today Blog Categorized as: Student Mental Health

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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End of School Year Reflections

By Lori Phelan, MSW, LCSW, Sage Certified Clinician™ As graduation is approaching, we are reminded of the end to the school year and the beginning of summer. Many of our students are excited and happy about moving forward into unchartered waters, while others may be ambivalent during this interlude. It’s not only a break from school demands, but also from […]

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The Benefits of Embedded Therapeutic Services

Adolescents spend more time in school than in any other structured environment. When mental health challenges arise, having access to embedded therapeutic services in that environment allows students to continue to receive the social, behavioral, and relationship benefits of remaining in-district. The opportunity to participate in school plays a key role in the development of peer relationships, social skills, behavioral […]

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Distinguishing Between Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses for Home Instruction

Home instruction is a useful tool for certain behavioral and health challenges, but it should be considered a restrictive environment and be utilized when there are no other viable options that will provide the student with access to education. Learning without the social and mental health benefits of an accepting community and school-based counseling services can leave students with mental […]

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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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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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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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