Preparing for the final school bell of the academic year

While the summer break usually means a pause from school and loads of fun, it can also bring ups and downs for some children and teenagers.

It is becoming increasingly common for children to experience mental health concerns. According to a recent survey, just over 20% of adolescents suffer from anxiety symptoms, while 17% report symptoms of depression. Providing structure and routine in their daily lives can benefit children and teenagers struggling with these issues.

The summer break can be a challenging time for children and teenagers who are already struggling with their mental health. Without their daily routine while in school, the days can feel long and unstructured, which can intensify feelings of isolation and hopelessness. This is why it’s essential for parents and caregivers to be proactive in developing a plan to support and guide adolescents during this time.

“By working together to establish a structured daily routine that could include a job, helping around the house, volunteering, and time for socialization and positive activities, parents and caregivers can help their teenagers stay on track and avoid the negative spiral that can come from feeling overwhelmed and isolated,” said Carlene Cardosi, Rosecrance Chief of Clinical Operations and Regional President of Rosecrance Illinois.

Rosecrance experts offer these suggestions for families who want to keep their children healthy during the summer:

  • Make time for daily conversations, even if that means staying awake late until a child returns home.
  • Watch for any behavior change, mood swings, altered sleep or eating patterns, or self-harm.
  • Establish a schedule by providing a list of daily chores and encouraging them to explore new hobbies, get a job, perform volunteer work, or attend summer school.
  • Discuss healthy boundaries together and establish a curfew.

For teens who continue to struggle, Rosecrance offers a full continuum of care. Some may benefit from a residential setting, while others may benefit from outpatient treatment.  To learn about your options, please call 888.928.5278.