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Youth are experiencing extreme anxiety, grief, and stress as a result of the pandemic. Especially at this time of year, the thought of going back to school can trigger many insecurities, anxieties, and fear for youth. We wanted to share some tips with parents, youth mentors, and our partner organizations on how to ease back-to-school anxiety for youth and help them be successful with this transition.
In the blog RaisingTeenagers authored by Collett Smart, a psychologist with 25 years of experience working in private and public schools, Smart shares tips to help teens feel better about going back to school.Suggestions for Supporting Youth (Adapted from Raising Teenagers Blog)
Some anxiety about returning back to school is normal and for some youth who are sensitive to change it could be especially challenging. If you feel like the youth in your life suffer from depression, severe anxiety or some other mental health challenges then feel free to discuss additional support options with the student's teacher or school administrators to see what support services are available. LPYS programs are integrated into the local school system and bring critical support to youth when they need it most.
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