By understanding stressors, recognising signs and teaching coping strategies, educators can empower students to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and confidence, says Mahira Zakiuddin, Wellington Director of Counselling, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), adolescent mental health is a pressing concern, with an estimated 10-20% of adolescents worldwide experiencing mental health issues. Stress is a significant contributor to these difficulties, and in recent times, there has been a growing understanding in the role that educators can play in supporting their students through this. There are several ways that teachers can help students deal with stress, from recognising key stressors to fostering a resilient mindset.
Teachers should be vigilant in identifying key stressors that may affect their students. These stressors can vary widely, from academic pressures and peer relationships to family problems and societal expectations. One way of doing this is making time to connect with students and building relationships with them. The American Psychological Association has identified that creating positive connections with educators has important, positive and long-lasting implications for students.