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Mental Health Update

August 7, 2020
Mental Health Update

MH Update – 8/7/20 – School Mental Health and Governor Cuomo’s Announcement About School Openings

Governor Cuomo announced earlier today that New York State plans to open schools in the fall.  Issues of mental health become more  important than ever as students, parents and teachers deal with many of the issues around anxiety, depression and trauma of the coming school year.

Yesterday, as a follow up to our elementary school panel meeting from earlier in the week, MHANYS held a similar panel for secondary schools.  Channel 10 in Albany covered the event and the story is listed below.  A recorded version of the meeting will be available in the next few days at

In anticipation of schools opening in the fall, MHANYS has updated our website to reflect the mental health aspects of this transition to school. For more information, go to

We will be sending out additional information over the next few weeks so please check back on our website.


N.Y. teachers talk about mental health needs of middle and high school students in follow-up panel

by: Sarah Darmanjian

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 / 01:08 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 7, 2020 / 01:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Teachers talked about their mental health struggles and those of their students in a second panel focused on middle and high school. The panel was a follow up to Tuesday’s panel on elementary schools.

Teachers talked about making sure they connected with students and tried to keep them motivated during the spring school shut down. They also talked about the positive aspects of remote learning and the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance.

A poll at the beginning of the panel asked attending teachers what they thought the biggest challenge for students was, 57% of them said serving the mental health needs of students. Meeting the academic needs of students was the second most popular answer with 13%.

Copenhagen Central High School English teacher, Lori Atkinson, said remote learning gave teachers more freedom to use alternative means of educating. She said her school district pressed forward with final exams and projects. Atkinson said students rose to the challenge by producing exceptional work.

Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake High School health educator, Lindsay Armbruster, said there were many positive things to come out of remote learning. More sleep for students/teachers, exploring/learning new technology, and better communication with students through Google Docs or email are some of the examples Armbruster gave.

Bronx Academy for Software Engineering English teacher, Jonathan Montero, said his school will be focusing on mastery-based grading and hitting socio-emotional targets as well as academic targets. Mastery based grading assesses a student’s ability through outcomes or goals, according to