It's also World Mental Health Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed the focus of 2023 to be ‘Mental Health is a Human Right.’ Too often, people do not have access to mental health services or education due to subjugation, poverty, geography, or whatever other reason. Just as education and self-awareness is the first step in a lot of my work with schools and people, awareness and education is the first step all over the world.
Quote: "One small crack does not mean you're broken. It means that you were put to the test and didn't fall apart." -Linda Poindexter
Over the summer, I was part of a group that worked to put together a framework around Collective Well-being in schools. One of the conversations that we had centered around the fact that mental health is often regarded as a problem - it’s addressed when there is something wrong.
In schools, mental health is often/usually addressed reactively rather than proactively. In special services meetings where potential services were discussed for students, it was because the student was facing a challenge - or that their performance didn’t match the school’s or assessment’s benchmark.
What if schools prioritized community and face-to-face connection?
I don’t think ANYONE can argue against that.
This week, try this: Have a conversation with your students about resiliency and how any cracks they feel are not indications that they are broken, but rather a chance to grow. Oh, and do it for yourself, too!
Educator Resource: Cake Wrecks. Remember how it’s Cake Decorating Day? Not all attempts at decorating are Instagram-worthy, and some are actually bad enough to deserve recognition for their #cakefail. Check out Cake Wrecks. There’s also a book that my son thought was the funniest thing back when he was around 11 or so (warning that there may be some inappropriate cakes!).
Dad Joke: To the person who stole my place in line: I'm after you now!
For many schools, it’s approaching the end of 1st quarter. Already. You’ve got this!
SEL Coach Matt Weld creates and delivers in-person and online SEL-related content.