Integrating Mindfulness and Meditation into the School Curriculum

Integrating Mindfulness and Meditation into the School Curriculum

Related Articles:  Mindfulness and meditation practices have been increasingly recognized for their profound impact on students’ well-being and academic performance. Incorporating these practices into school curriculums can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental health, and enhance decision-making and focus among students. By teaching students to focus on the present moment, mindfulness helps alleviate stress, promotes…

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Implementing Peer Mentoring Programs to Prevent Bullying and Promote Positive Behaviors

Implementing Peer Mentoring Programs to Prevent Bullying and Promote Positive Behaviors

Related Articles:  Peer mentoring programs are becoming increasingly recognized as a vital component in promoting student well-being and preventing bullying in school environments. These programs leverage the influence of peer relationships to create a supportive network where students feel valued and understood. By fostering positive interactions and offering guidance, peer mentors can significantly impact the…

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Building Emotional Resilience in Elementary Students

Building Emotional Resilience in Elementary Students

Related Articles:  In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, emotional resilience has become an essential skill for everyone, especially young students. Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stressful situations and bounce back from challenges while maintaining a positive outlook. For elementary students, developing this trait early on is crucial, as it lays the foundation…

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Educating Students on the Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Substance Use

Educating Students on the Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Substance Use

Related Articles Today, the landscape of our daily lives is increasingly dominated by screens—smartphones, tablets, and computers have become constant companions, offering a gateway to endless information and social interaction. Among these digital interactions, social media platforms stand out as central hubs of activity, especially for students. Platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and TikTok have…

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Bullying in Schools: What Is It and How to Prevent It

Bullying in Schools: What Is It and How to Prevent It

Jessica Kaado, Preventionist As a parent, sending a child to school comes with a unique set of worries: Will my child make friends? Are they struggling academically? Are they being challenged? Are they being bullied? There is no doubt about the drastic differences in curriculum and school environment across the decades, but one thing always…

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5 Mindful Self-Care Practices for Teens

5 Mindful Self-Care Practices for Teens

By Colleen Sharlow, Preventionist Being a teenager in today’s world can be tough — constantly being surrounded by new social media trends, worrying about the future, and facing pressures at home, school, and amongst peers can certainly take a toll on one’s mental health. Although there is not a singular solution to fix these stressors,…

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What’s New in Schools?

What’s New in Schools?

By: Rikki Siegel, Preventionist As a Preventionist at Wellspring Center for Prevention, I get the opportunity to go to several different schools, meet so many eager students, and work with wonderful teachers. One of my favorite programs to teach during the school year is Footprints for Life. Footprints for Life is a research-based primary prevention…

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Engaging Parents in School-Based Prevention Programs

Engaging Parents in School-Based Prevention Programs

Parental engagement is a cornerstone of successful education and plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of school-based prevention programs. These initiatives, aimed at addressing issues like substance abuse, bullying, and mental health, benefit significantly from the active involvement of parents.  Engaging parents not only enhances student outcomes but also strengthens the bond between families…

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‘Forest Friends’ Is Shaping Young Minds in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

‘Forest Friends’ Is Shaping Young Minds in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

By: Rikki Siegel, Preventionist The 2023-2024 winter season is off to a great start at Wellspring Center for Prevention. Preventionists are teaching all different programs in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. I am so excited to be back at Wellspring after being on maternity leave and was able to jump…

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6 Ways To Establish Inclusive Learning Environments

6 Ways To Establish Inclusive Learning Environments

Inclusive classrooms promote a warm and welcoming environment for students, acting as a “home away from home.” An inclusive classroom can also help students develop safe friendships and look forward to their time in school. Discover several methods for creating this type of classroom below.  What are inclusive learning environments? An inclusive learning environment is…

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