Since March 15, 2020 when we exited school, each day has felt the same. Social distancing and COVID-19 has instilled fear, boredom, and anxiousness. Our return to school was through laptops and webcams. Canvas has crashed more times than possible to count. Online schooling can be difficult, leading to failed tests, low quiz scores, getting kicked out of a google meet and much more.
Seeing life through this lens shows how easily negative moments in our lives can impact both our present and future. Reportedly, American teens experience stress levels similar to adults. In 2014, the American Psychology association discovered 30% of teens experienced depression because of stress and 36% of teens reported fatigue and skipping meals.
While it is ok to experience sadness, depression and stress, the ChargerChant staff urges you to understand you are not alone. The counselors of Clark High are understanding and supportive of the student body.
The counselors want students to understand mental health is important because “it influences the choices we make… mental illnesses aren’t a flaw but real diseases so don’t be ashamed when you need help. They all agreed that “mental breaks as well as a break from technology can help soothe stress.”
Ms. Arager is aware of the fact that online schooling can be very difficult for those who love interaction within school. Students, do your best to “join the variety of clubs at Clark and stay in contact with close friends and family members. Ms. Corbett would like you to “find a hobby and do something that makes you happy.”
If a student feels they have no place to turn, contact counselors or visit http://safevoicenv.org/. This is an anonymous reporting system that provides a safe place for students and parents to submit tips for their safety.” If you feel you’re in a crisis situation, just text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. This free service is available 24/7.
Stay safe Chargers, and remember you are never alone.