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Mental Health Resources for Back to School
posted by: Tamia | August 02, 2021, 02:15 PM   

As summer winds down and families and their children prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, there’s no doubt your students will have mixed emotions as they adjust to their new schedules and routines. 

Whether your students are learning in-person, or remotely as part of hybrid model or homeschooling, here are five resources to support you and your students to ensure this school year is a success:

  1. Supporting Kids in the Classroom. This comprehensive guide focuses on topics such as gratitude, kindness, self-care and starting conversations around mental health for grades preschool through high school and includes activities. It’s part of On Our Sleeves’ Million Classroom Project, with a goal to get free mental health resources, developed by behavioral health experts, to one million classrooms across the country in 2021. Click here to download.
  • By downloading these mental health resources by Sept. 9, 2021, educators are automatically entered into our Million Classroom Project Back-to-School Surprise in partnership with Big Lots. Twelve educators from across the country will be selected to receive:
    • § On Our Sleeves mental health resources and supplies for the school.
    • § A $1,000 Big Lots gift card to support in-school mindfulness and mental wellness activities.
    • § An apple for the educator … in the BIG APPLE! Selected educators will be featured on a special Times Square video display the week of Oct. 3, 2021.

  1. How to Prepare Students for Back to School. As you prepare for back to school, we know you’re probably experiencing many different emotions. Check out our guide to help with this and much more so you can start the school year off right. We even created one for parents! See it here.

  2. Warning Signs of Anxiety in Kids. Going back to school may cause some students to feel anxious and nervous. Use this resource to help recognize any red flags and learn how you can help your students.

  3. Emotional Empowerment: Social-Emotional Learning. It’s more important than ever to build in time to talk about social-emotional themes like empathy, communication, coping, and emotion identification and regulation. Learn more about how to talk to your students about their emotions.

  4. Helping Kids Stay Positive. You can teach kids to accept negative emotions and process them in a healthy way. Use these tools and resources to help instill the power of positive thinking in your students as they begin a new school year.

By: Parker Huston, PhD
Clinical Director, On Our Sleeves

Pediatric Psychologist


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About On Our Sleeves
The mission of On Our Sleeves is to provide every community in America access to free, evidence-informed educational resources necessary for breaking stigmas about child mental health and educating families and advocates. For more information, visit


About Dr. Parker Huston
Parker Huston, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of the On Our Sleeves program. He is also a pediatric psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University Medical School. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University of Ohio, then earned a master’s and doctoral degree from Michigan State University. He is passionate about group level and population level interventions to improve mental health and prevent mental illness for children and families.
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