Blog Posts by Lauren Cikara

The Mental Health Crisis of School Shootings

We forget. Again and again, we forget. We forget the lives lost. We forget the screaming and tears of the classmates. The gasping, breathtaking grief of the parents, and the ashen shock of the teachers. We forget the horror, the anger, the anguish. We forget. We allow complacency and suffering to perpetuate. Today, there are…

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How the Pandemic Has Affected Youth Mental Health, From a K-12 Expert

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide statistics. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many were concerned about how it would impact youth mental health, especially high school students. The disruption of daily life, the pivot to distance learning, and the stress of the ever-changing mutations of the virus led to many young people experiencing…

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Celebrating the Importance of School Counselors in Youth Mental Health

This week we celebrate National School Counseling Week by acknowledging the impact that school counselors and other mental health professionals make in K-12 schools. They are the people students go to for help with academic planning, healthy mindsets, and behaviors. School counselors work to maximize student success and are vital to school leadership teams to…

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Prioritizing Mental Health this School Year: Ideas from a K-12 Education Expert

Back to school season is here and it is feeling a little cloudy with a chance of _______. The word(s) that end that sentence seem to change daily. Depending on how COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, the messages we are hearing from schools about starting this academic year seem to be in flux. While…

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