It’s National School Counseling Week

It's National School Counseling Week

Not many people outside of the education community know that the first week of February is National School Counseling Week. The role of the school counselor has changed a lot over the years. They were called “guidance counselors” at one time, and their primary function was to help you decide what to do with your life after high school. Today, however, school counselors not only help students decide on college and career goals, but they help students work through emotional issues like anxiety and depression. According to the CDC, mental disorders effect the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day. ADHD, anxiety and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in children:

  • 9.4% of children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis.
  • 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety.
  • 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression.

So, what does this have to do with driving? Well, for teens who struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or PTSD, you know how hard it can be to concentrate and focus on the simplest things. The process can be exhausting and frustrating, and that cocktail of emotions can be dangerous behind the wheel. Driving is more than a privilege; it’s a huge responsibility. When you get behind that wheel, you’re taking your life, and the lives of others on the road, into your hands.

If you’re struggling with your state of mind, and you know you have to drive, make an appointment with your school counselor to talk through your anxiety. Ask for helpful tools to stay calm and focused. Seek out guidance and support when you need it and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

To learn more about the role school counselors play in students’ day to day lives, read this great article about National School Counseling Week and learn about the day in the life of a school counselor.


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