"Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit - the realization that everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our state of well-being."
GREG ANDERSON, WELLNESS aUTHOR & sPEAKER
Head of School Message
The United States is experiencing a mental health crisis among children and adolescents. While the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this issue, this situation was a growing challenge well before the health crisis. Studies among mental health professionals show that there has been a sharp rise in anxiety and depression among young people and that eating disorders, teen suicide, and self-harming behaviors are measures of this crisis. Children, in particular those in middle and high school, are suffering and are in need of help to manage feelings of anxiety, sadness, and hopelessness.
We believe that social-emotional growth is an essential factor in a child’s learning success at The Grosse Pointe Academy. With this in mind, we have created this section of our website dedicated to mental wellness. Our goal is to provide education and resources for our community focused on helping our students cope with the various factors that are contributing to the rise in anxiety and depression. We want to partner with you to keep your children safe, healthy, and happy. It is vital that we work together to be on the lookout for telltale signs of anxiety or depression, as well as to provide guidance and resources in order to help children in need manage and cope when these issues arise.
We are here to help and provide support when needed. We hope these resources are informative and beneficial to you. Katie Trupiano, Director of Learning Support Services and a certified counselor, can help connect you with a local therapist if additional support is needed.
Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way we respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to our overall well-being.
Stress affects both the mind and the body. A little bit of stress is good and can help us perform daily activities. Too much stress can cause physical and mental health problems. Learning how to cope with stress can help us feel less overwhelmed and support our mental and physical well-being.
- Loss/sickness of loved ones
- Behind or struggling with schoolwork/classwork
- Increased anxiety/stress
- Change in routine
- Unemployment/financial difficulties
- Negative news
Reactions to stressors may include:
- Unable to reason
- Can't think things through
- Learning, processing, and focusing
Symptoms to watch for may include:
- Excessive crying or irritation
- Returning to outgrown behaviors (e.g. toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Worry or sadness
- Anger and aggression
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and "acting out" behaviors
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- Noticeable changes in behavior
Coping with depression or anxiety:
- Be active! Find something you enjoy and stick with it.
- Be healthy! Your nutrition plays a major role in your overall health. Keep balanced meals and stay hydrated.
- Sleep matters! Get recharged everyday. Make 8-10 hours a night a priority for maintaining good health.
- Be safe! Avoid harmful substances and realize that drugs or alcohol are not healthy ways to cope with stress.
- Social connection improves mental, physical, and emotional well being.
- A sense of belonging is a human need. Feeling like you belong is an important aspect in seeing your value.
Suicide & Crisis Line
GPA families and invited to the following events hosted by The Family Center and Kevin's Song. Please check their websites for more details.
- Narcan Training by Families Against Narcotics at Rustic Cabins | Grosse Pointe Park | January 22, 2024, 7:00 pm
- Community Book Club Discussion (“Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy) | The War Memorial | January 23, 2024, 7:00 pm
- “Understanding Eating Disorders” webinar | January 24, 2024 6:30 pm
- University Liggett School Parent Information Night on Substance Misuse Prevention | January 30, 2024 7:00 pm (Open to the community)
- QPR Suicide Prevention Training | St. Clare Church (1401 Whittier) | February 7, 2024, 7:00 pm
The Grosse Pointe Academy is proud to be partnering with our local community organizations in fostering wellness for our students.