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Student elopement because of anxiety. Kindergarten students talking about suicide. Record-high truancy and mental health problem rates. Today, all schools have to deal with the student mental health crisis in one way or another. We would argue that so many students are anxious and/or depressed, it turns the Multi-tiered System of Support numbers on their head.

We can help.

The Reconnection Project

The Reconnection Project (RP) is a flexible program to reduce stress and anxiety in school communities by working with all three constituent groups: teachers, parents, and students.

How Did We Get Here?

Our children’s mental health was suffering before COVID; now it is significantly worse, and even many seemingly OK kids are now at risk.

Many parents and educators know that their children—their own children, their friends’ or relatives’ children, and/or the children they teach or coach—are sad, depressed, and/or anxious. In fact, many children themselves know they have a problem. However, almost everyone is at a loss as to why this has happened or how to fix it.

The causes are societal and, as a result, many children today miss psychological “lessons” crucial to normal child development that previous generations used to learn by osmosis. Interestingly, many of the behaviors adults are worried about (which are often reported in the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveys), such as vaping, sexting, bullying (cyber and otherwise), suicidal ideology, or even over-functioning are also related to these societal changes.

Fortunately, children today are hard-wired for connection and growth the same way they have always been. In fact, they crave these things. So we can remedially teach these psychological lessons and thus dramatically improve the mental health of many of today’s kids.

Our Program

The Reconnection Project works with school constituencies—parents, staff, and students—to understand what is happening and to collaborate to teach kids these emotional skills so their stress and anxiety levels are measurably reduced. Our objectives are:

  • Teach students emotional skills to help them manage stress, develop self-awareness, and build confidence and resilience.
  • Teach staff how to incorporate those skills into what they are already teaching and provide staff support for classroom challenges.
  • Educate parents about the problem and give them the parenting skills to teach these skills at home.

To accomplish this, The Reconnection Project includes as many members of the school community as possible: the goal is to give all three constituencies safety, hope, agency, and the means to change their culture so they can permanently and measurably reduce stress and anxiety for the entire school community.

Goals

  1. Give everyone hope.
  2. Give teachers and students structure and support for mental health.
  3. Allow educators and kids to start to understand and reduce their stress and anxiety.
  4. Give teachers concrete tools for self- and colleague care.
  5. Provide tools to help teachers reduce stress and anxiety in their students.
  6. Begin to open up constructive lines of communication with parents, leading to their collaboration, and give parents tools to reduce stress and anxiety at home.

Programs

We realize that it is a tremendous strain for schools to deal with this problem, and the last thing any school needs is another program to implement, so we have tried to come up with some programs that are easy for you to utilize yet will have a lasting impact on students.

My programs can be scaled up or down. Please contact me to discuss your school’s particular requirements. I will be glad to discuss your goals and how we can achieve them together.

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