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School Breaks and Student Mental Health 

School breaks offer a much-needed pause from academics and a busy school schedule. Students can take this time to relax and get back into activities they didn’t have time for while they were in school. However, this time may also bring some stressors: disrupted schedules, childcare no longer in place, increased time in close settings with family, and other changes. To maintain a balance and your mental health, we have gathered some helpful resources to keep you on track and support you or your child’s mental health needs.

Every person has different needs and capacities, so we have crafted various possibilities for you to look through and find what interests you to try. These suggestions are laid out so that you can find what you think will work best for you as a student or parent when supporting one’s mental health and wellness during the school break. The main priority is to ensure that you feel rested and ready for when school rolls back around.

Keep a Routine

Being out of school means changing your daily routine of getting up, preparing for the day, going to school, attending any after-school activities, and evening prep at home for the next school day. In each age group, we provide some tips for keeping close to students’ routines or developing new routines to help them feel stable and provide an easy transition back to school.

Develop Expectations and Set Boundaries

Students being home will mean more time with family and potentially taking on more responsibilities while parents are at work. For children 13 and older, we provide insights into communication between parents and their children on creating expectations and how to respect boundaries. This can be a hard topic as children get older and take on outside responsibilities and interests that may conflict with expectations at home. 

Make a Plan for Traveling

Traveling happens most often during the school break months. This can be an exciting and stressful time for both parents and children. In each age group, we cover tips to help both parents and children prepare for potential stressors and create a unique plan to support their wellness.

Addressing Isolation

Getting a break from school may mean having a physical break from seeing friends. Students might not be able to see their everyday friends for various reasons (i.e., college students going back to their hometowns, friends going on family trips, friends living in different neighborhoods, etc.). In the “Addressing the Feeling of Isolation” sections, we provide some fun activities and tips for students to stay connected. 

Parents of Children 12 and Under During School Breaks

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Students and their families take a big hit to their daily schedules when school breaks occur. Every family’s situation is different, but our tips can help make things a little easier. 

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Parents of Teens During School Breaks

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At this age range, teens begin to learn how to be independent and may take on more activities and responsibilities outside the home. This section provides insight into how you as a parent can communicate with your children effectively and support what they need to maintain their mental health.

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Teens (13 to 18) During School Breaks

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Middle school and high school often have more intense academic expectations and school breaks are great opportunities to focus on your mental health and rest up. 

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Young Adults in College During School Breaks

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Young adults attending college will have a different experience during school breaks than high school and younger students. Whatever your experience is, we have plenty of suggestions to help you get the most out of your school break to support your mental health.

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