The most supportive environments are collaborative ones. Teachers have unique insight into a student’s daily schedule, school life, and academic successes and struggles. Parents, on the other hand, know who their children are at home, with friends and family, and doing the things they love. Both parties play important roles during a student’s formative years, and should work together when it comes to addressing and managing mental health concerns.
Teachers, school support teams (i.e guidance counselors, therapists, nurses, etc) and parents should be in regular conversation regarding a student’s mental health condition, treatment, triggers, symptoms and classroom accommodations. In many cases, parents and teachers should work directly to identify issues and formulate plans for minimizing difficulties. They should use one another as resources for managing a student’s condition and shedding on light on progress or regression in both settings. Parents can help students practice at-home learning techniques, while teachers can help them better cope with triggers in a more active environment. In certain cases, it may also be helpful for teachers to communicate with a student’s doctor or therapist.