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06/Apr/2020

Recently, most schools functioning in Kolkata and even some on the outskirts of the city have engaged psychological counsellors in school. The simple reason is that schools cannot ignore some raging issues which are affecting the mental health of the students. Due to these issues, students are unable to concentrate on their studies and other co-curricular performances. That, in turn, is affecting their careers adversely. 

School Counselors

In this blog post, we are looking at the top 3 issues handled by school counselors.

Bullying

This is most common among schoolchildren. Almost 33% of the students have admitted that they have been subjected to bullying in school. If you consider the number of students bullied online, the percentage is quite significant. School counsellors have to address the difficult job of handling students who are bullied in a way that does not undermine their confidence or their ability to handle tough situations. Counsellors cannot simply protect the affected students; they have to equip students with the mental strength to handle such bullying on their own. 

Substance Abuse

This is an issue which even the government is worried about: the rise of substance abuse among school students in and around Kolkata. Newspaper reports have substantiated that drug sellers are actively selling drugs and other substances to students even in front of the school gates. Schools cannot brush off responsibility by tagging this problem a police issue. They have to raise awareness among students so that they are not misled. School counsellors have the tough job of weaning away students from this dangerous path which will ultimately destroy their lives. 

Career Counselling

School counsellors have the job of working with the students about the worries they have about their career. From handling questions like excessive parental pressure to study particular subjects to being confused about the way ahead, school counsellors can be very effective in striking a balance between what a student can achieve to what they are expecting to achieve. Often, students are not comfortable sharing their concerns with their parents because they are worried about being judged or reprimanded. School counsellors can work without that baggage and students can open up their hearts. 

Schools cannot simply teach academics anymore. They have to impart life lessons, an area where school counsellors can help.


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06/Apr/2020

It’s the time of the year when exams come knocking before you realize. Most board exams are held in Feb and March. Term end exams also take place in most schools during this period. In other words, this is time of great anxiety for students. In this competitive world, where the cut-off marks go higher each time, students have to perform better and way more than that! All of these thoughts put a lot of stress on the minds of the students.

Anxiety, fear and depression are some negative thoughts that work as obstacles to achieve success. After all, your abilities will be evaluated according to what you put down on the paper. So the writing has to be to the best you can. However, these negative thoughts take a toll on your mind and you are unable to perform well.

School counsellors are in a unique position to help students combat exam stress and anxiety. While they are not their teachers who may ultimately put the onus of getting good grades, they are also not parents who tend to channelize their own negative energies and anxieties about the performance of their children. School counsellors can objectively identify what the student is lacking and advise accordingly. 

School Counselling

Schools must encourage school counsellors to have sessions with students appearing for board exams, if not for all the students, right before they sit for the test. These students are more or less prepared academically. Their curriculum was completed way back and they have answered hundreds of mock tests anyway! What they need at this stage is pep talk to get those negative cobwebs of the mind away. 

Students who prepare well often miss out on proper diet and rest during this exam season. They are sitting with their books and laptops the entire time, skipping meals and exercise. It is true that staying away from TV and social media is actually good for concentration, but nutritious diet and exercise are indispensible. School counsellors can guide students to ensure that they don’t ignore these aspects as they work as a breakneck speed to crack the exams with flying colours. 

A calm and composed mind is a prerequisite for superlative performance. Students cannot have that if they are anxious about success. 






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