Teachers share experiences with students that have led them to change the way they conduct their class



“I teach US history in 11th grade. In addition to blended learning this year, my boyfriend started showing symptoms of bipolar disorder. I had to call 911 because I was scared whether he got hurt or injured, and he was taken by the police to a hospital. He stayed for a week, and I missed work. After that, I talked to my students, and my absences arrived. I explained to them why I was out and the symptoms I saw in boyfriend. I said it had been hard, but mental health was a priority we addressed for his well-being , and I was glad we did. Later a student came to me over lunch and said while listening to me explain the mania, he felt I was describing it. I decided. to be open about my experiences with mental health and to ask my kids how they’re doing mentally thanks to all that COVID brings. We had ventilation sessions in believably beneficial. back to normal, I want to continue monitoring my children’s mental health. “

“I went into the ugliest details For about 10 days he was going into a serious manic episode: he stopped eating, stopped sleeping, his mind seemed to be racing 24/7, he would get emotional and cry, he would jot down his ideas on pieces of paper and leave them all over the apartment, etc.

He had been a little manic before, but never to this degree. He suffered from severe psychotic symptoms. It was the first time he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He eventually took medication and became stable again.

They were all so attentive while I was talking about it. The student who confided in me had also failed my same course the previous year. He was calm, reserved, and before that he didn’t speak much to me. We chatted and I asked him what was going on and if everything was fine when he opened. He felt frustrated because no one at home knew what emotions he was going through. He was afraid his parents would think he was crazy.

I told him that I was glad he shared his thoughts with me and that I thought it would be beneficial for him to talk to one of our school counselors. He agreed and we arranged for him to meet one.

They gave him emotional coping mechanisms and referred him to a mental health doctor. He came to visit my room from time to time during lunch to catch up with me on his mental state. We all need mental health checkups. – Anonymous, Texas


Norma A. Roth