Back-to-School Mental Health Checklist For Youth

Back-to-School Mental Health Checklist For Youth

It’s that time of the year again!

New schools. Changing schedules. Supply lists...!

Heading back to school can be exciting, yet stressful.

We’re here to help you get organized for school and reduce your feelings of
anxiety and stress. To help out, we’ve put together a back-to-school checklist to make sure your child starts the year off right!

1. Does your child understand what mental health actually is?
Our mental health impacts our ability to think, feel and behave in a
way that helps us perform at our best – in our personal lives, with
family and friends, and at school.

Communication is key. And during times of uncertainty, your child may
need a little more to simply navigate their day-to-day.

2. Ensure your child is staying connected with family and friends.
Is your child sharing what is happening in their life? Are they
connecting with the people around them?
It is important for children to reach out and talk about their feelings.
Ensure your child feels comfortable enough to ask for help and
support if they need it.

3. Is your child taking care of their physical health?
So much of mental health is connected to physical health. Ensure
your child is getting enough sleep, making smart food choices and
exercising regularly.
Maybe even incorporate a fun family activity? It could be a great way
to stay connected to your child.

4. Get outside and make time for things that bring them joy.
Spending time outdoors and engaging in activities that make your
child feel good can do wonders for relieving anxiety, stress and
Whether it’s playing a sport or pursuing something artistic, doing the
things that you love make a big difference in overall health and well-

5. Make sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
Homework can provide many benefits for children. It can improve
memory and comprehension, develop study skills and teach children
to manage time.
Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don’t let your child
leave homework until just before bedtime.
Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big

There are critical windows during a child’s development where it’s
important to be there for them. Back-to-school routines are definitely one of them.

Help make the summer to school transition easier by following some of
our tips above. What else would you add?