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15 Mental Health Stories You Need to Read in Time for Going Back to School or College

It’s that time of year again — we’re in the midst of the “back to school” season. It’s a stressful time no matter what stage you’re at — whether you’re sending your kid off to school, or you’re heading to college. Making it all the more stressful, though, is living with a mental illness. Making new friends feels impossible when you struggle with social anxiety. (Believe me, I’ve been there.) Making it to all your classes feels impossible when depression makes it a chore to even get out of bed.

We’ve published a lot of stories over the years from people who have been in those exact situations, and more. So, whatever your experience with school and mental health, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading for a selection of stories on everything from sending your kid with a mental illness back to school, to taking a mental health break from college or seeking health accommodations. Remember: You’re not alone in this. Others have sat exactly where you are now, and they’ve shared their experiences right here.

If Your Child With a Mental Illness Is Returning to School 1. “How to Better Care for Your Child’s Mental Health As They Return to School This Year” by Ashley Nestler MSW

This is a strange time. For many, this is the first time returning to in-person teaching since virtual or hybrid learning, so Ashley Nestler chats with Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn, D.O., psychiatrist, mom of two, and chief medical officer at LifeStance Health about how we can better care for the mental health of our children as they begin a new school year in these strange new circumstances.

2. “What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About Kids With a Mental Illness” by Rachel Lagasse

Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, it’s important to know certain truths

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