Peace of Mind
“Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:7
Exacerbated by the pandemic, Catholic school communities are serving students and families who are dealing with anxiety, fear and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five students in U.S. classrooms have mental and behavioral health symptoms significant enough to warrant diagnosis and treatment, but only about 40% of these children get help.
But there’s always hope.
We launched our Peace of Mind initiative to support Catholic school leaders, teachers, parents and students through practical experiences and effective techniques.
How does it work?
Peace of Mind provides resources to Catholic schools to help their preschool-eighth grade students, families, teachers and leaders work through today’s difficulties, as well as prepare to handle future challenges. In partnership with Twin Cities-based Phoenix School Counseling, the initiative offers live webinars, recorded videos, slide presentations and in-person meetings to support the mental health and wellness of everyone in Catholic school communities.
The Phoenix team, led by licensed psychologist Dr. Jules Nolan, helps teachers and parents learn prevention methods such as fostering students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). Research indicates that age-appropriate SEL skills are better predictors of positive outcomes for students than are IQ, class rank or grades in school (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). Emotional intelligence – being able to recognize, understand, label, express, and regulate emotion – predicts not only good mental health outcomes, but also achievement in school (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence).
This is just the beginning.