Back to School Mental Health Guide

For Students & Parents

After the novel coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, school may never be the same. Due to COVID-19, virtually all schools across the country closed down for the school year. Will they reopen in the fall of 2020? Many school districts are grappling with these difficult decisions.

Assuming school does start up again as expected, many find it beneficial to get some help for going back to school. The stress and anxiety of starting a new school year can be overwhelming for many children and teens. Parents, too, can feel conflicted about the start of a new school year, especially if they’re not used to entrusting their child to others for hours every day.

Whether you’re a student looking for some study tips or a parent looking for some reassurance, our annual, updated Back to School Guide will get you back on track to have a successful school year.

We know that getting back into the swing of the daily school schedule takes some time. For that reason, you should give yourself a break if you find the first couple of weeks a little difficult to break free from that vacation mindset. That’s natural! But at some point, you do have to figure out how you’re going to tackle the school year, and we hope the articles below you do some of that.

Are you a college student? Check out our Mental Health & Coping Skills Guide for College Students instead.

Students interested in psychology should also check out AllPsych, our awesome virtual psychology classroom and blog.


Elementary & Secondary School Issues

Dealing with School & Specific Disorders

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Back to School Mental Health Guide. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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Last updated: 22 May 2020 (Originally: 17 May 2019)
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