Mental Health in Schools: How Can Educators Support Students Dealing with Mental Illness?
Schools are being inundated with cases of anxiety. The dramatic increase in attention being paid to the illness has reduced the stigma associated with it, however, a lack of understanding how best to support those suffering, has resulted in little gains for schools and increased stress and anxiety for students. Based on the book, Anxious, participants will look at the primitive needs for anxiety and examine practical strategies educators can use to support those suffering from the illness and their families. Prioritizing the major issues facing students today, participants will succeed in building trust, providing support, and ultimately helping students access the curriculum. Participants will:
1. Examine what anxiety is, how it can look differently for so many sufferers, and why it is exacerbated in young adults.
2. Hear directly from students about their experiences with anxiety in the classroom.
3. Learn numerous practical strategies to use in and out of the classroom.
Christine Ravesi-Weinstein currently serves as a high school Assistant Principal in Massachusetts, USA, and previously worked as a high school science department chair for four years and classroom teacher for 15. Diagnosed with anxiety and depression at 23, Christine began her journey towards mental wellness. She began a non-profit organization in June of 2017 aimed at removing the stigma of mental illness and promoting physical activity as a means to cope with anxiety. As an avid writer and educator, Christine became passionate about bridging the two with her advocacy for mental health. Since March of 2019, she has had numerous nationally published articles including the number one most read article of 2019 on eSchool News (she also had the number six and eight most read articles in that year). Christine has presented at numerous national conferences including ASCD Empower and has provided professional development for educators in various districts. Christine is an MASCD Board Member and Times 10 author. Her first book, Anxious, was published in March 2020. Follow her work on Twitter @RavesiWeinstein and on YouTube at The Runner's High.