Owensboro Public Schools Helping Parents Address Their Mental Health

While mental health has been a priority among children, Foust Elementary School is focusing on parents.

Posted: Mar 15, 2021 5:39 PM

The past year has been difficult for so many people.

While mental health has been a priority among children, Foust Elementary School is focusing on parents.

"They need to know there are people out there that are going to help them," says Jen Hester, Foust Elementary Family Resource Coordinator.

For parents, the year has been anything but easy.

"Losing income, their jobs are being lost, they are having to quit their jobs, food is an issue in some cases because parents aren't able to work," says Hester. "And how to teach your children at home."

It's why Owensboro Public Schools is stepping in encouraging parents to take a second look at their mental well-being.

"A lot of people are going through a lot of the same issues, and we think it's important for them to see they are not alone," says Hester.

Advocates say their schools have resources for families, but for the most part they are available to just listen.

And with kids heading back to school full-time next week, it can add another layer of stress and anxiety.

A reminder to parents someone is on their side every step of the way.

"It is okay for them to take some time to take care of themselves because ultimately if they can't take care of themselves, they're not going to be able to take adequate care of their kids," says Hester.

Foust Elementary is the first school to hold this session. Parents had to sign up ahead of time for the event. Those who attend Tuesday's session will also receive a self-care bag.

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