Each Mind Matters is California’s mental health movement, represented by the lime green ribbon. Learn about mental health, listen to stories, get involved, and support a student, teacher, parent or family member during Mental Illness Awareness Month. To read more about Every Mind Matters, click HERE.
Did you know that one in five young people will experience a significant mental health problem during their years in school? Without help, these problems can lead to bigger problems: poor school performance, conflicts with friends and families, and more serious mental health disorders such as depression, eating disorders or substance abuse problems. Fortunately, there is help and we know that providing support and information can improve quality of life and long-term outcomes.
Please see below for general information and other resources to help you, or someone you may know, that is experiencing problems.
Someone who is currently going through a mental health problem may be...
Troubled by feeling:
Experiencing big changes:
Behaving in ways that cause problems:
If you or a friend experiences any of these behaviors often, you should seek help. Talk to an adult you trust. Family, teachers, and other school staff such as school social workers, school psychologists, or guidance counselors are your greatest resources when you need help. If you are not near a teacher, counselor, or other responsible adult, or if you just want someone else to talk to about your problems, call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-442-4673 or 1-877-7WE-HELP to talk to a person at the local DC Access Helpline.
Content on this page was originally developed by the Wellness Integration for Students of Hillsborough (WISH) in Hillsborough County Public Schools and is being used with permission.
Engagement = Attendance: September is Attendance Awareness Month
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Help your child success in school! Build the habit of good attendance early. School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!
Did you know?
Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
Missing 10% (or about 18 days) of school can make it harder to learn to read.
Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
When do absences become a problem?
Chronice Absence: 18 or more days
Warning Signs: 10 to 17 days
Good Attendance: 9 or fewer absences
*These numbers assume a 180-day school year.
What can you do?
What to say to students:
Who Is Affected:
Why It Matters:
What We Can Do:
For more information about Attendance Awareness, please visit: http://www.attendanceworks.org/.