The power of talking about the mental health of students

An interview with Monica Evason, mindset coach, on why now, more than ever, it's important to talk about the mental health of students.
The power of talking about the mental health of students

How do you react when something goes wrong? Monica Evason, mindset coach and MindGym practitioner, believes that you can either be consumed by your anger and frustration or you can learn from it. Evason speaks from experience when her son was diagnosed with a brain tumour and it led her from the field of education to becoming a mindset coach.

Through her son’s treatment, Evason felt that the support she received from the hospital and the school was simply not sufficient. However, she accredits the work she currently does directly to what didn’t happen for her son.

Evason works with health practitioners to better prepare them for communicating with their patients. With the pandemic, Evason spends much of her time coaching medical professionals and how to manage their own stress and mental health better. Furthermore, she works to empower discussions about the mental health of students. “It takes courage to be vulnerable. And we don’t encourage that enough in our learners. When we do, amazing things happen,” says Evason.

What Happens When We Talk About the Mental Health of Students?

She believes that teachers play a phenomenal role in young people’s lives and that the more they talk about the mental health of students, the more these young people can understand that their brains are evolving and that strategies exist that can help them in difficult times. One of her passions is making the complex scientific information we have regarding the brain and mind more accessible. Evason explains:  “When you tell a young person they have between 50-80,000 thoughts a day, that shocks them, and then you say to them, most of those are naturally negative...I’ve had 15 year olds well up and they’ve said, ‘so I’m not mad’ and I say to them, ‘no, you’re not.’

Evason stresses that it’s very important to be given a safe space to openly share around issues about the mental health of students and that they need to be listened to. And because young people spend half of their days in school, she adds that the biggest investment needs to be in our educators, as they now wear many hats - they are carers, next door neighbours, psychologists, and mentors.

To hear the full podcast episode of our conversation with Monica Evason, head over to the Learnlife Soundcloud, or join Monica live next Wednesday 20th May for a workshop on the topic of mental wellbeing and staying optimistic in the current times of Covid. This session is part of Learnlife Thrive, a workshop series for parents.

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