As educators and stakeholders continue to fight back against poor mental health, it’s important to use all available tools available to help

How analytics can identify student mental health challenges


As educators and stakeholders continue to fight back against poor mental health, it’s important to use all available tools available to help

When trying to identify students who may need help, it won’t always be obvious. Students can display many factors that can indicate they are struggling, like a drop in their grades, increase in absences, or misbehavior, but when someone only notices one of these factors, it can be easy to dismiss. Instead, if these data points are recorded and able to be viewed side-by-side, it can show a clearer picture. This is why monitoring, reporting, and data analysis technology should be implemented in schools.

If teachers and administrators are provided with an analytics dashboard where they can view student snapshots that include information about their grades, attendance, and activities, they can be more aware of each student and whether they are displaying any signs that might indicate they have poor mental health. For example, one teacher may notice that a student has been showing up to class in a bad mood, but this alone doesn’t necessarily set off any alarms. However, if this teacher has a data analytics dashboard where they can record this information, it might reveal a pattern in the student’s overall behavior. Once this is apparent, the school can intervene. Parents can also make use of the data analytics dashboard. They can login anytime on their computer or smartphone to check in on the status of their child, including their attendance, grades, and more. This allows parents to be kept informed and able to address any concerns that they may have with their child at home.

Parents can also team up with their child’s school through a communication portal. A communication portal is a great way for schools to communicate any important information with their students’ parents, such as any changes to school guidelines/protocols, event information, or general announcements. This allows parents to be more involved in their child’s life, which can be a major factor in identifying any mental health changes or problems. It also allows for easy two-way communication between parents and their child’s school. For example, if a student is struggling at home, it might be beneficial to communicate this with the student’s teachers. With a communication portal, parents can send messages directly to the school.

When both parents and school staff are working together, it is easier to identify students who are struggling with their mental health. Of course, technology can’t do everything, it’s up to schools and parents to properly address the problem with the right tools, such as counseling, therapy, or other mental health support. However, none of this can happen until someone knows something is wrong. As we continue to fight back against poor mental health, it’s important to use all the tools available to us to help.

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