As parents, we enjoy sitting on the sideline, cheering our young athletes on as they run up and down the field, hurdle over obstacles, and barrel around the track. We understand that our kids will fall down, scrape their knees, and sprain an ankle or two; it’s all part of the game. We’re prepared to help them overcome these setbacks and get back onto the field, but what if the obstacle isn’t a physical one?
It’s common to see families gathering at local fields, gyms, or tracks to watch and support their children while they play sports each week. Sports have countless physical benefits, but they also provide a great setting for youth to foster important life skills and values including leadership, dedication, problem solving, and personal growth. Many may be unaware that participating in sports also has immense mental health benefits.
Staying active in college can play a huge role in creating balance in your life. In fact, research has shown that those who regularly exercise are usually less stressed and feel better about themselves than those who don’t. While student athletes may experience the positive effects of exercise and activity, they can also feel added pressure to succeed both academically and athletically.
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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time devoted to mobilizing global action for suicide prevention through awareness-building and research efforts. Held annually on September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day serves as a reminder of the lives lost to suicide each year and acts as a motivating force to encourage wide-spread prevention efforts.
Children are always changing. Their bodies are growing and developing, their minds are learning and making new connections and they are navigating their own roles within their family, peers, and the world in general. In this constant state of internal change, however, big transitions like the one from elementary to middle school can cause undue feelings of stress and anxiety. As parents, it can be difficult to know how to ease these feelings and to help our children find their sure footing.