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Houston Students Face A Host Of Mental Health Challenges On Campus

From tests, to cyber bullying, to the threat of school shootings, educators discuss the many challenges kids these days face.


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as part of that, the local non-profit Communities in Schools of Houston is hosting a Wellness Market for students at Memorial High School on Friday, providing activities designed to support mental health and coping with stress. Since final exams are next week – the timing is probably good.

Students of all ages face pressures today about grades and test scores — but also about rumors and gossip that can spread on social media at a hyper-intensive rate. And, sadly, students today are more aware than ever of threats and acts of violence.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Melanie Phillips, a licensed therapist and wellness counselor with Communities in Schools based at Memorial High School, and Patrick Lukingbeal, director of the UH Wellness Center, and discusses how to counter such stressors with wellness activities.

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