Fall 2021 will go down as one of the most stressful back-to-school seasons for students, teachers and parents. With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Some students are heading back to class after months of virtual learning, while others are going back after being homeschooled.
The pandemic continues to have a big impact on the mental health of Alaska’s adolescents. Many expected this school year to be back to normal but that hasn’t happened. The continued feelings of fear, uncertainty and isolation are creating a mental health crisis.
The back-to-school season always brings a lot of emotions. Going from a laid-back summer to a stricter schedule of learning is difficult. Students spend the first few weeks physically and emotionally drained. The sudden change in routine and new stressors can trigger mental health concerns.
We’re here to help. Our behavioral health and clinical professionals are trained to assist Alaska’s adolescents and their families. Through our residential and community-based mental health and substance use services, we guide youth and their families through the tough times. But we can’t do it alone.
We rely on donations to do our job. Your generous support allows us to continue helping. A donation will help us achieve our goals of updating buildings and technology and providing PPE equipment for staff. Thank you for helping us provide these essential services in our community.