Mental Health at BCE
What is Mental Health for an Elementary-aged Student? Mental health can be defined as one's emotional and social well-being; it impacts how someone thinks, acts, and how they feel about themselves and others. Mental health problems can affect a student's energy level, concentration, dependability, mental ability, and optimism, hindering performance. Mentally healthy students are more likely to go to school ready to learn, actively engage in school activities, have supportive and caring connections with adults and young people, use appropriate problem-solving skills, have nonaggressive behaviors, and add to positive school culture.
Why is social/emotional health important in Elementary aged children?
What is Mental Health for an Elementary-aged Student?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, “Being mentally healthy during childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems.” It includes a child’s strengths and weaknesses in developing and coping that exist on a continuum.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an educational concept that helps kids gain skills in important areas beyond math, reading, and other core school subjects. SEL helps kids identify their feelings, understand and communicate with others, build strong relationships, and make good, empathetic decisions.