Back-to-School Mental Health Guide

After the novel Coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, school may not be the same for a long time to come. Due to COVID-19, virtually all schools across the country closed down for the school year. Will they reopen in the fall of 2020 and what will that look like for education and safety? Many school districts are grappling with these difficult decisions.


Assuming school does start up again as either in-person, virtually or as a hybrid option, many find it beneficial to get some help for going back to school. The stress and anxiety of starting a new school year can be overwhelming for many children and teens. Parents, too, can feel conflicted about the start of a new school year, especially if they’re not used to entrusting their child to others for hours every day.

Take care of your mental health and the mental health of those you love. Don't forget about your EAP resources and here are some other resources to help you navigate uncharted territories.

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Trusted Articles

  • This article from the Child Mind Institute offers insights into what's going on at an emotional level and how to help with anxiety.
  • John's Hopkins Institute offers a quick read and five easy tips on easing anxiety.
  • PBS offers their own insight into back-to-school anxiety here.
  • Kids are facing a lot this year so how can you help them embrace progress rather than perfection? Read more.
  • Tips on supporting your kids' mental health as they transition back to school.
  • The CDC advises parents on preparations for children going back to school. Click here.