A recent article from WBUR Boston described the terrible tragedy of three Newton South High School students who recently committed suicide. Newton South High School is known as an excellent school with a high-achieving student body and a very rigorous curriculum. The article, written by a Newton parent who is also a professor of psychology, asked what high school administrators and faculty could do to address the enormous stress of the student experience.
While the tragic situation at Newton is thankfully uncommon, many high school students feel enormous stress and pressure to succeed. So what can you, as a parent, do? As a student, how can you help yourself and your friends to get the most out of high school without being overwhelmed? How can families prioritize health and well-being in the midst of everything else that is happening at a child’s high school?