Mental Health Challenges in School: Help Your Child Succeed

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When facing mental health problems, school can be challenging for you and your child. Learn 4 tips on how to help your child succeed at school.

Mental Health Challenges in School: Help Your Child Succeed

School can be difficult for both you and your child when he or she is struggling with mental health problems (Mental Health in the Classroom) such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders. These can interfere in both the academic and the social aspects of school.

Being a voice for your child and advocating for his needs can make his school experience positive. Equally powerful is helping your child develop her own voice so she can speak up and communicate with teachers and peers. These tips can help you do both.

  • Know what helps your child and what makes things worse. Set up a meeting with the teacher to communicate these things. Keep the meeting positive.
  • Do some digging. Ask teachers and other school personnel as well as other parents what is available to help students and then make sure your child has access.
  • Provide plenty of opportunities for your child to hang out with kids his age. This builds social skills and confidence.
  • Listen to your child. Ask her what is working well and what isn't, and help her brainstorm ways to improve her school experience.

By understanding exactly what your child needs, communicating that clearly, and helping your child problem-solve and build skills, you can help him or her thrive in school even with mental health struggles.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, February 22). Mental Health Challenges in School: Help Your Child Succeed, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 20 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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