Elementary Student Mental Health Signals to Look Out For


The concept of work-life balance can be a little overwhelming for students. Loading kids with homework and the pressure of studying a little bit more can significantly affect their mental health. 

You can observe a few changes in your student’s behavior if he is not feeling well mentally. Following are the signs that, as a teacher, you can observe among your students to understand what they are going through, mentally.

Body Language Signs

Sometimes students cannot express their mental health by speaking up, but you, as an Elementary teacher, can notice the difference in their body language. Teachers must understand the basics of body language, as it will help them a lot to find what is going on in their students’ minds

Check whether the kid looks nervous or sad, whether he is talking with others or sitting silently. You can also keenly observe whether his legs are shaking or not, or it seems like they want to express something, but they cannot tell it.

If you understand the Body Language signs, you will determine his mental and physical health even by looking at a student.

Social Circle Signs

Mental health doesn’t affect a person’s body language but also affects his social circle. You can notice whether a child is behaving normally in class with his friend or not. 

Two things can happen when a kid is facing some issues with his mental health. The first one is that he will pull himself away from everyone else. He will start sitting alone, nor talking to anyone, just busy with himself.

Another thing can be he is engaging with everyone too much. A kid who was shy enough not to talk with strangers comfortably is now speaking with everyone openly. Although it can happen because of other reasons, you can discuss it with the student or his parents if you feel it somehow abnormal.

Signs in Student Grades

One thing that the mental health of a student is going to affect the most is his grades. A student who is facing some issues can get distracted from his studies. The effect of which will directly impact his grades. 

Being a teacher, you will be aware of the performance of every student in your class. If you find that the grades of a bright student are lowering simultaneously, or an average child cannot score passing marks in an exam, it can be a signal about his mental health, which you should not avoid. Discuss the reason for the fall in his grades with him or his parent and figure out the possible cause.

Signs in Diet

Another factor that you can notice among students is their diet. It is observable that the diet of a mentally unwell student tends to decrease. That means they will not finish their lunchbox or will eat slowly.

Thus, being a teacher, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on your students’ eating habits; you can even check whether their lunchbox is empty or not at the end of recess. If you notice even the slightest difference between their eating pattern, talk to the student and ask about his physical and mental health.

The Process of Teacher-Parent Communication

Even if you notice a slight change in your student’s behavior, the first thing you can do is talk to his parent and try to figure out what he is going through. Parents of students are going to know better what their kids might have been feeling. 

Whether there is some family nuisance going on around him or someone is bullying him. Whatever the reason is, you can talk to their parents to first find the issue and then try to resolve it.

Final Thoughts

Students have a soft heart. Thus, even the slightest thing can disturb them. Mental health can affect their physical health as well as significantly. Thus, being a teacher, it becomes your responsibility to keep an eye on your students’ behavior and try to figure out what they are suffering from.

You can notice the signals mentioned above to get to know about the mental health of your students.

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Anna is a content and copywriter who specializes in education. With over 10 years of experience working as a teacher in the UK and internationally, her goal is to write content that is experience-based, practical, and engaging.

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