Students are now back in school, and we’re all getting back into our “school routines.” This can be a very exciting or a very stressful time for students as they embark on new experiences and face new challenges. Your child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health.
Ways You Can Support Your Child’s Transition Back to School
- Structure and routine are helpful for children. Establishing a consistent routine for your child will help your child adapt to the new school year.
- Encourage your child to get involved in school activities and support their interests.
- Encourage your child to make new friendships.
- Encourage your children to sleep well and eat healthy.
- Communication with your child is very important. Take time out of each day to sit down and ask your child how the day was and if there is anything he/she wants to talk about. Be prepared for silence and not always getting an answer. The important thing is that you are giving your child the opportunity to talk, which tells them you care and are there to support them.
It is normal for children to have some anxiety at the start of school. This stress and anxiety should go away within the first few days or weeks. If the stress and anxiety does not go away, then it may be helpful to talk to your child’s teacher and physician. If problems continue, you may want to consider professional mental health care assistance.
Helpful Resources for Parents
Bryan Medical Center Mental Health Services has professionals available to assist you and your family. The Bryan Counseling Center offers outpatient services. We have specialists who work with children and adolescents, as well as families. We also have a mental health nurse available 24/7 in the Bryan West Campus Emergency Department for crisis situations.
Here’s wishing you and your family a successful transition back to school!
Bryan Mental Health Screenings
We offer online confidential depression and other mental health screenings. To schedule an appointment, call 402-481-5991 or click the button below.
David Miers, PhD, LIPC
David Miers, PhD, LIPC, is the Counseling and Program Development Manager with Bryan Medical Center Mental Health Services.