Create a peace room for students to use to take breaks and relax.
Designate a space in school where students can take a break, process difficult or negative emotions, and relax. Offer supplies like tissues, water, information about available resources, and a comfy place to sit.
If possible, make this space near to the office of a mental health provider, like a school counselor, school psychologist, or social worker.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Coordinate this project with a mental health provider at school to ensure that all students get any help they may need.
- The most effective and positive school climate changes happen when students and teachers work together (Mitra & Gross, 2009).
- Spending 4 to 6 waking hours alone every day is necessary for healthy social and emotional development in adolescence (Larson & Csikszentmihalyi, 2014).
- Taking time to pause and gather one’s thoughts during a busy or stressful school day helps students remain present, calm and focused in school (Hart, 2004).