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WATCH: Achieving good mental health heading back to school

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Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 12:20 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Heading back to school can be stressful, especially as the pandemic continues. As part of our back-to-school coverage, we’re bringing in an expert to the WDBJ7+ Digital News Desk to offer tips for students, parents and teachers in an effort to achieve good mental health.

Robert L. Trestman, PhD, MD, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion, joined us on the Digital News Desk Friday to answer your questions.

You can watch the stream here:

He recommends checking in frequently with your children, asking them for details about they are feeling and how their experiences at school are. Dr. Trestman also suggested making sure *you are finding ways to de-stress, including trying deep breathing exercises. Overall, he said the biggest thing to remember is to be kind.

“And so it’s really important to take an extra breath ourselves,” he said. “Recognize that we are frustrated, everyone around us is frustrated and just be kind. That’s the single biggest thing I can think of to get us through these last months.”

Dr. Trestman also shared recommendations for teachers, including taking time each day to ask students for one thing that makes them happy.

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