Both social skills and emotional maturity are necessary for students to succeed in school and life. Social-emotional skills help students engage, interact, and build relationships with other people. Some of the social-emotional skills we work with students to develop are the following:
Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Responsible Decision Making
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well being. If affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Not everyone experiences mental health conditions in the same way, but everyone struggling with their mental health deserves help.
Talking about mental health can be difficult for adults, and much more so for students.
Depression is among the most common mental health conditions experienced. It is a complex medical illness that significantly interferes with an individual’s ability to function, enjoy life, and feel like themselves. A number of factors may contribute to a person becoming depressed; genetic predisposition and stressful life events can certainly play a role, but sometimes depression can occur without an obvious cause. This means that anyone can become depressed, even those who seemingly have every reason to be happy.
Here are some of the most common symptoms that point to the presence of depression. Experiencing any one of these symptoms on its own does not constitute depression; a diagnosis of depression requires several of these symptoms to occur for at least two weeks.
Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, moodiness, anger, or loss of interest
Trouble concentrating, difficulty making decisions, trouble remembering, thoughts of self-harm, delusions or hallucinations
Substance abuse, withdrawing from people, missing commitments
Lack of energy, unexplained aches or pains, changes in appetite, weight loss of gain, changes in sleep patterns
If several of these symptoms are present for more than two weeks in yourself of your child, then it's time to talk to a trusted adult or doctor.