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High School Students Told Me Their #1 Issue. Guess What….

May 28, 2015

I met with the parents of students of two Angus Ontario schools last night, following my meeting with the student body of the high school. I met with the student body in two groups of 350 students. We had an open discussion on the issues they were grappling with. Even though in large groups, they were remarkably candid and applauded their fellow students who spoke out. They were remarkably supportive of each other. This was quite a high school.

The students identified mental health issues as their biggest concern and so did the parents. The mapping was 1:1.

By a show-of-hands poll, the students identified some 45% have had stress or anxiety or depression that at some point interfered with their ability to concentrate at school. 10% spoke with their parents about it and 20% spoke with another adult.

These are staggering numbers. So many students are now affected by mental health issues and this means some 70 to 80% of these students go without any support..

The students also identified what they needed from their parents in terms of how their parents should talk with them.

Last night I trained parents on just how to do that. It was an excellent workshop and I am so pleased to have provided it. It was necessary. Parents were grappling with everything from misbehavior to children who couldn’t get out of bed to suicide. The parents were remarkably supportive of each other too. It was wonderful to see.

The workshop was paid for through a Ministry of Education grant called the “PRO Grant” which stands for Parent Reaching Out Grant.

I have now provided some 8 of these parent workshops in the past few months. These workshops are always well received and the parents feel empowered to better manage child related issues.

I feel blessed to do this work and remain available to do more at the request of any school.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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