College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Mental Health and Wellness

Summer provides time to rest and recharge and at Holton we hope that our students will take advantage of this time. While many parents are eager to get back to “normal,”  students may benefit from time to recuperate from a school year that held unusual challenges and stretched them both mentally and emotionally. Even as students transition to a summer with more normalcy, there may still be cause for uncertainty and even anxiety about engaging in summer activities and what lies ahead in the next school year.

Some students may feel anxious about returning to the pre-pandemic stressors that have been dormant (for example, busy schedules or added responsibilities). Others may continue to have concerns about exposure to Covid-19 that may affect them or their family members. It is important to be intentional and make caring for mental health and wellness a priority this summer. Here are some suggestions for self care, wellness and relationship building which may help to bolster wellness:

  • Spending time outside
  • Pen-pal with a friend or family member 
  • Cards for Seniors
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Becoming active in a cause one is passionate about
  • Volunteering
  • Exercise (e.g.Participating in a virtual 5K)
  • Learn to meditate (e.g. Headspace, Shine, Calm apps)
  • Get a job or start a business

If over the summer months you are concerned about your child’s mental and emotional health, please reach out to your pediatrician for recommendations of mental health professionals that can offer support. Below are some additional resources and referral numbers for crisis:

Wishing you a restorative summer,

Holly Hinderlie, Ph.D.
School Psychologist and Upper School Counselor