Every day, students are exposed to big and small challenges and have an opportunity to learn and practice effective ways of coping. Over time, with experience, observation, and coaching, students begin to build their coping toolbox, which they can carry with them through life. “Learning to cope with manageable threats is critical for the development of resilience” (Resilience, Centre for the Development of Children, Harvard University, 2017). Using the Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource allows educators to introduce a range of coping techniques to the class. Students may find that some of these techniques really resonate for them, and they will add them to their toolbox. Offering a range of coping ideas, and providing a safe space to practice these, can help students to learn lifelong skills for managing stress.
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