School administrators need to make sure that students continue to get support to cope with the daily pressure. There are adaptive coping methods that can help students to deal daily pressure and occasional crisis. School psychiatrist should be well equipped to respond to fight, freeze and flight response during a crisis. Students often deal with many difficult things during their daily lives and bullying is a problem that can happen constantly. Schools are a hub of social interaction and often, this interaction isn’t smooth. After experiencing traumatic events or crisis, it is important to make sure that students are able to recover well. Classroom teachers should also intervene, when they spot problems and they need to provide support as needed.
It is important for the school psychiatrist to make trust-based relationships with problematic students. These students should feel that there’s someone available, who care for, validate and listen to them. It takes some time to start making relationships with students. There should be a system to notice any pronounced or subtle behavioural changes. Students should be willing to tell others about their problems, so professionals and school administrators will know what’s wrong. Students shouldn’t feel that they are being forced to talk about their problems, especially if they are not ready yet. It is distressing for children to tell details of any traumatic event, so the school psychiatrist should know how to control the course of the conversation.
Providing safety is essential to ensure that children feel perfectly safe at school. They may feel a sense of safety by talking with school psychiatrist or teachers in safety. For some students, a sense of safety can be regained by performing a form of expressive arts. Children who don’t feel safe won’t be able to perform well at school and function optimally. Retaining information requires motivation and focus. Psychiatrists need to make sure that students are mentally stable, regardless of strong emotions they feel. Confusion, fear, sadness and anger can be quite troublesome. Young students need to accept their emotion, while knowing the exact reason why they feel sad or angry about something. Children will feel much better if they are being validated.
Constant discussion is needed, so students can address concerns or needs. They need to feel fully connected and sheltered by adults. Following a traumatic event, students may want to have a pleasant feeling closeness with caregivers. Facilitating coping with traumatic events is necessary, after a huge crisis in the area around school. School shooting incidents or natural disasters could cause huge mental issues among surviving students. Most of the time, the situation is also difficult for teachers and school professionals, because their lives are affected as well. Even so, as adults, they need to persevere and focus on the mental well-being of young students. They may need to get collaborative services from external professionals. Following a natural disaster, school administrators need to make sure that students and their families receive all the basic needs, such as water, food, clothing and shelter.