National School Psychology Week

National School Psychology Week Focuses on Getting in GEAR
Posted on 11/08/2021
During the week of November 8-12, schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work done by school psychologists and other educators that helps students thrive.

This year's theme is "Let’s Get in GEAR" (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise). The theme’s acronym represents the challenge to grow personally and professionally. It encourages everyone to engage in best practices and advocate for children’s access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.

The theme has an especially strong significance this year as professionals work to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the pandemic challenges of the past 18 months.

Getting in GEAR together can help everyone set goals for growth, engage in action steps, advocate for needs, and engage in discussions to create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social emotional skills.

School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in growing and working together to meet the demands of school and life. The School District of Palm Beach County Department of Behavioral and Mental Health provides important services based on some key principles:

1) Mental health is the ability to live fully, engage with others, and respond to challenges.

• Everyone has mental health. Everyone has emotions, thoughts, and moods that influence mental health and that is normal.

• Like physical health, there are things that can create a mental health challenge. In response, there are things everyone can do to support mental health.

2) It’s OK to be OK. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to ask for help.

• Everyone experiences life in their own unique way. However we experience it, we should know that it is OK to be OK. There may be times when we are not OK. When that happens, we can ask for help.

District schools have highly-trained and skilled professionals in place to support student mental health. These professionals are available to help students on school campuses. Students are encouraged to talk to their school administrators, school counselor, school psychologist, or school behavioral health professional to learn more about resources on their campus.

Parents can contact their child’s school counselor, school behavioral health professional, school psychologist, or classroom teacher for assistance. The Student Mental Health Helpline is also available at 561-432-6389, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional information is available on the District’s Caring First website.

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