By: Mary Barry
I paired up with Ms. Youso, our school social worker to discuss student mental health issues during the pandemic. We discussed ways to cope and help students who are struggling. Here are some helpful tips to remember:
Depression is real and can affect anyone. Possible causes of depression include a combination of biological, psychological, and social sources of distress. Increasingly, research suggests these things may cause changes in brain function, including altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
The constant feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be partnered with thoughts of suicide.
Below is an addition form school social worker Laurie Youso. Students can reach out to Laurie at any time.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life.
Things that can cause mental health problems include biological factors, (your genetic makeup or brain chemistry), negative life experiences such as trauma or abuse, or a family history of mental illness, such as depression.
Early warning signs of mental health issues may include any or some of the following:
Eating or sleeping too much or too little,
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and again if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or depression, I want you to know that you are here for a reason and your struggle is just as important as anyone else’s.