Catholic high schools focusing on students’ mental health

Reports of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among teenagers are rising across the United States, and Catholic schools are responding with a variety of strategies, including having therapy dogs visit schools, increasing counseling resources and letting students themselves take the lead in the mental health discussion.
Students at Nazareth Academy in La Grange participate in a Mid-Day Mindfulness session presented by Megan Cannon and Julia Shemaitis of Back to Balance Counseling in Hinsdale. (Photo provided)
From left, Laura Storino, St. Laurence High School’s director of leadership and mission integration, stands with St. Laurence High School Leadership Week team members Sahir Muhammad, Mia Garcia, Kasi Bonilla and Maggie Babic in front of a wall displaying every student holding signs about why they matter. (Photo provided)