MCMS Counselor Corner MAY 2016

Nicole Outram & Michele Ramsey, MCMS Counselors

May Is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Remember to take care of yourself and relieve stress in a positive way! Put something that makes you smile in your plan book or top desk dresser. Read, walk, try yoga, enjoy your favorite music, aromatherapy, etc. whatever helps you relax! Get plenty of rest. Know how much sleep your body needs and give it that much. May 20th will be here before you know it!

Mental Health In The Classroom

Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Here are some ways you can help students and their families.

What Educators Should Look For in Student Behavior

Consult with a school counselor, nurse, or administrator and the student’s parents if you observe one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm oneself, or making plans to do so
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Involvement in many fights or desire to badly hurt others
  • Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt oneself or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make oneself lose weight
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still that puts the student in physical danger or causes problems in the classroom
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in the student’s behavior or personality

What Educators Can Do in Classrooms and Schools

You can support the mental health of all students in your classroom and school, not just individual students who may exhibit behavioral issues. Consider the following actions:

  • Educate staff, parents, and students on symptoms of and help for mental health problems
  • Promote social and emotional competency and build resilience
  • Help ensure a positive, safe school environment
  • Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision-making
  • Encourage helping others
  • Encourage good physical health
  • Help ensure access to school-based mental health supports

5th Grade Orientation

Thursday, May 5th, 10:15-11am

Bulldog Cafe

Mentor Picnic

Thursday, May 12th, 11:30am-1:30pm

MCHS Track

MCMS Honors Day

Thursday, May 19th, 9am


6th 9:00 a.m.

7th 11:15 a.m

8th 6:00 p.m.