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Stress in School Age Youth

The levels of stress experienced by students in school can vary widely, but research suggests that many students experience significant stress. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 8 out of 10 high school students reported feeling stressed in the past month, with pressure to succeed academically being the most common source of stress. Other studies have also found high levels of stress among college students, particularly around exam times.

This high level of stress can have negative effects on students' physical and mental health, as well as their academic performance. Chronic stress can lead to burnout, depression, sleep disturbances, and other health problems. It's important for individuals, schools, and society as a whole to recognize the impact of stress on students and work to create a supportive and healthy learning environment.


There are several strategies that can be used to manage stress in the educational setting:

  1. Self-care: Encouraging students to engage in self-care practices such as exercise, meditation, and healthy eating can help them cope with stress.

  2. Time management: Teaching students effective time management strategies can help them prioritize tasks, reduce workload, and minimize stress.

  3. Communication: Encouraging open communication between students, teachers, and parents can help identify sources of stress and find ways to address them.

  4. Supportive learning environment: Schools can create a supportive learning environment by reducing academic pressure, promoting student well-being, and addressing social and emotional needs.

  5. Professional support: Providing access to mental health resources such as counseling and therapy can help students manage stress and improve their overall well-being.

It's important for individuals, schools, and society as a whole to work together to address the issue of stress in education and support students in their academic and personal journeys.


There are many schools across the world that have implemented programs and initiatives to address stress in education. Some well-known examples include:

  1. The MindUP program in Canada, which teaches mindfulness and emotional regulation to students.

  2. The Balanced School Day program in British Columbia, which incorporates physical activity into the school day to reduce stress and improve focus.

  3. The Happy Schools program in India, which focuses on creating a positive and supportive learning environment and promoting well-being for students.

  4. The Forest Schools program in the UK, which takes students into the natural environment for outdoor learning and stress management.

  5. The Inner Resilience program in the United States, which teaches students coping skills and stress management techniques through mindfulness and yoga.

These are just a few examples of schools that have implemented programs to address stress in education. It's important to note that schools in different countries may have different approaches and resources available, but the goal of reducing stress and promoting well-being for students is a common thread.

Neesheet Parikh, DO

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