School Psych Corner: Focusing on Student Well-Being in Times of Crisis
Editor’s Note: We shared this article at the beginning of the pandemic and thought it was useful to republish
As schools across the country remain impacted due to the pandemic, students with trauma, difficult home situations, and anxiety need support now more than ever. The abrupt change can trigger stress and fear in students that can leave mental scars.
A framework of safety is critical for students’ brains and can be the first phase of healing for those experiencing trauma. Help students feel safe through the three Cs: communication, consistency, and control.
According to one study, “Simply talking about our problems and sharing our negative emotions with someone we trust can be profoundly healing—reducing stress, strengthening our immune system, and reducing physical and emotional distress.”