Recently, I stopped by my school (where I teach when I’m not on maternity leave) to thank the staff for their messages, cards, and gifts; both for Maverick’s birth and my dad’s passing. One of my fellow junior high teachers came over to tell me that my Let’s Talk blog inspired her to have a discussion and create a bulletin board with her grade nine students.
I had the foresight to snap a photo with my iPhone, so I could talk about it on my blog. My favourite student quotes were:
- Different is the new normal
- It is okay to not be okay
- We shouldn’t have to suffer in silence for fear of judgement and rejection
I also love that underneath the bulletin board there is a poster for NeedHelpNow.ca and a list of Social Media “rules” to consider before posting online.
T Is it true?
H Is it helpful?
I Is it inspiring?
N Is it necessary?
K Is it kind?
I think these rules apply to life in general, not just social media. I want to thank the staff at my school for continuing to talk about mental health and for introducing our students to supports they can access. Below, I have compiled a few links specifically for kids and teens.
If you have any other resources for kids and youth, please comment below and I will check them out.