“She finally let go of her fake smile and tears slowly ran down her face as she whispered to herself I don’t want to be me.”
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and other negative coping strategies continue to be a growing concern among adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19 years old within our nation’s schools. Unfortunately, youth’s social, emotional, and mental health needs remain fairly unaddressed across many fields of study, especially within Educational Leadership. Even with the introduction of social emotional learning curriculum in many schools nationwide, the essential knowledge of how to address NSSI, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), non-compliant behaviors, signs of mental health distress, and addiction are not addressed in-depth. Considering recent tragic events around the United States, there is an urgent need for training among our educational leaders and school staff.
With little to almost zero training offered to educational leaders, many administrators are left to wonder how they are to recognize students in dysregulation, let alone instruct the school staff on how to recognize such students. Even if school staff and administration are able to identify students in social, emotional, or mental needs, many do not know how to appropriately intervene, how to address students who are engaging in negative behaviors, and how they, as educators, can tend to students in need in their schools without rustling the contagion factor.
“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding.” – Deepika Padukone
With R.I.V.E.R. Educational Consulting, we will provide education in addressing the specific social, emotional, and mental needs of your individual school. Using a specifically designed and targeted approach to addressing the negative behaviors you see within your school culture, our experts will be able to guide you through the process of meeting those needs.
“Look at your cuts. Or your burns. Or those bruises you gave yourself. Each one, is a battle with yourself, that you lost.”