YCDS Wellness Initiative: Social Skills and Healthy Relationships

By Mrs. Elizabeth Trump
Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Wellness

January’s mental health initiatives are social skills and healthy relationships.  As a busy month with academics and activities, I met with students in a variety of formats to discuss these important topics.  At the beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to meet with the Middle School during assembly time to introduce the initiative and the importance of listening well, as a foundation of healthy relationships.  During the assembly, we demonstrated two important truths of listening as the heart of healthy relationships:

  1. The benefit of listening intentionally and actively
  2. How we must work hard to understand the true message of the speaker  

Throughout the month, I continued these conversations during grade level advisory meetings, specifically to discuss healthy ways to handle relationships when they become complicated and conflicted.  Each of these conversations were tailored to the concerns and development of the student group. I have enjoyed the opportunity to have these very important conversations. I have found the students to be engaged in the discussions, as they recognize the importance of relationships in their lives.

Feel free to contact me directly (etrump1@ycds.org or 717-815-6746)  if you have questions regarding this initiative or concerns regarding your student’s social and relationship skills.