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Five World Mental Health Day Resources to Strengthen Teacher-Student Relationships

Five World Mental Health Day Resources to Strengthen Teacher-Student Relationships

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and the guiding theme this year is making mental health and well-being for all a global priority. According to a 2022 Global Advisor Study, mental health now ranks second among global health concerns, and 58 percent of Americans surveyed report they think about their mental health ‘very’ or 'fairly’ often. Recognizing the importance of mental health, Edmentum is focused on supporting the whole learner in developing and strengthening relationships in school - a crucial component to holistic student success. 

The key to learning is a human centered approach. We know that the teacher, the student and family, and these relationships are at the center of learning. The relationship is paramount because healthy connection leads to wellness and the creation of psychologically safe spaces, and these can create the optimal place for learning to occur.  

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University coauthored a 2017 study that posited that social connection should be a public health priority. A 2010 study that Dr. Holt-Lunstad coauthored found that social connection is associated with a 50 percent reduced risk of early death and that loneliness exacts a grave toll. "It's comparable to the risk of smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day." Dr. Holt-Lunstad said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "It exceeds the risk of alcohol consumption, it exceeds the risk of physical inactivity, obesity, and it exceeds the risk of air pollution."

At Edmentum, we know that being educators' most trusted partner in creating successful student outcomes everywhere learning occurs is about more than creating a stellar product. We know that what it takes to support teacher and student mental wellness is rooted in creating ways to build understanding and connection between people. Engagement is not just about seat time but about dealing with emotions and creating opportunities for agency and connection. On this World Mental Health Day, let’s take a look at our top five resources for educators to support building relationships and engaging the whole learner.  

Importance of Developmental Relationships in Our Schools: What Research Is Telling Us 

This resource dives into the Search Institute’s research on developmental relationships and shows how high-quality developmental relationships help young people gain the confidence and motivation they need to succeed in school and propel learning. 

Help All Students Be Seen: Five Tips for Stronger Connections 

Support your whole learners with conscious connection. Read this to learn how one educator adjusted her thinking to see the true student within and built much stronger student relationships as a result. 

Transforming Suspension Practices Using Restorative Justice 

Restorative justice ties in so well with our global theme this year-implementing this practice helps create a safe and supportive school culture and fosters healthy student relationships with teachers and other students. Read this to learn more about restorative justice and practical strategies to implement. 

6 TED Talks on Trauma-Informed Teaching 

This collection is designed to examine some important aspects of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to explore how to become a steady resource for young people. Trauma and adversity can impact anyone anytime and anywhere and have lasting effects. In the classroom, trauma can cause students to disengage from their learning journeys, negatively impact behavior, memory and recall, information processing, relationship building, problem-solving abilities, and more.  

How Educators are Supporting the Whole Learner This School Year 

Hear from fellow educators about how they are supporting the whole learner and building relationships in their classrooms this year!  

On this World Mental Health Day, let us consider our relationships with ourselves and others as foundationally important to well-being and mental health, and let us continue to raise awareness around this imperative connection between mental well-being and academic and whole child success. We thrive socially and academically when we are engaged with strong, supportive relationships.  

Interested in exploring how Edmentum can help support your students with developing essential life skills crucial to their success? Learn more about how to go beyond academics to support the whole learner. 

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Sian Reilly

Sian joined Edmentum in 2019 and serves as a Senior Marketing Specialist. A former teacher and administrator, Sian believes that individualizing education for the whole learner with quality academic and non-academic curriculum and assessment can powerfully transform students, campuses, and communities. Sian is passionate about connecting educators with content to meet their specific needs in an ever-evolving education environment.