Coping Skills

Developing coping skills for stressors is important for student success.   Stress is a daily part of life.  Good and bad things can both introduce anxiety, distraction, emotional changes, and variations in behavior.  Common stressors for students include medical or mental health concerns for themselves or someone they care about, transitions between grades or school levels, perceived expectations of themselves or that others have of them, bullying and rumors, receiving recognition for academic or other accomplishments, college admissions, social or peer relations, trying out for a team or club, or risk taking behaviors.

Managing stress is important for all students to achieve at their highest level academically.   All Department of Students and Families staff are available to support students in coping with stress.


An excellent resource for families and students regarding a wide range of stressors is the FOCUS Adolescent Services organization at Focus Adolescent Services.

Helping Children with Loss

Coping With Loss

Grief and Loss

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Talking to Your Children about School Shootings

Talking with your Children About Traumatic Events

Children and Trauma

Crisis and Disaster Resources (Child Care Aware of America)

South Shore Hospital Youth Health Connection

Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events