Without a doubt, schools and their staff play a huge role in children’s lives. Often the adults in a child’s school life spend more time each day with our children than we do. Because one out of five children will experience mental illness, it is critical that parents and caregivers understand how a school can influence children’s mental health and, if necessary, provide support services for children experiencing mental illness.
Standardized testing for many families is the toughest time of the school year. The pressure to perform ripples through classrooms across the country. In Texas, that pressure comes in the form of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, more commonly known as STAAR tests.
One out of five children will experience mental illness. That’s 80,000 kids in Bexar County alone. The need for support for these children, their parents and their families is great, and because school plays such a large role in a child’s life, the school’s adult community should be a part of any child’s support system. But as parents and caregivers, we often wonder who is in the best position to help our child and what is the best way to solicit that support in a way that is both appropriate and helpful.