Implementing an individualized student wellbeing program at your school is challenging but not impossible.
There are 3 major barriers that deter you from building an effective program that supports student mental health: time, definitions, and needs.
Let’s break down how and why these are barriers that prevent you from having an effective school wellbeing program.
We’ll see how technology overcomes these challenges and why wellness monitoring platforms like Skodel makes a critical difference.
we don’t have time
Wellbeing is complex.
There are many overlapping components to consider when managing physical and mental wellbeing, such as relationships and diet.
You might look for overly prescriptive and complicated frameworks for a schoolwide wellbeing program.
This could work for large groups through surveys and new school policies.
However, the program might be less effective at the individual level. Finding sufficient time to assess components with each student becomes increasingly difficult with teachers already teaching detailed curriculums.
So we need to make more time, but how can we do that when it feels like time is always running out?
Using technology! Technology helps you be more efficient with your time. It can organize and prioritize tasks, so you have more time to spare. It can even complete tasks and consolidate data without you constantly managing it.
Additionally, tech can provide a platform that makes it easier and faster to reach students on an individual level. Think of how easy it is to text message a friend!
we have different definitions
Wellbeing is highly subjective and dynamic.
At the group level, we can objectively define a set of domains that are considered vital to our wellbeing.
But applying these domains to every student isn’t very effective, because they will vary among different people and contexts.
For example, diet is especially important and more regulated for an aspiring athlete. Another example is how students would handle a bad grade. Some might be calm while others distressed.
Using a broad mental wellness framework for school would have many students falling in between the cracks.
This is where technology can save the day again.
Your school admin and teachers can agree on universal definitions of wellbeing domains to input into a technology platform.
Then students can use the same platform to identify issues that are unique to them. Tech would be able to monitor student wellbeing based on definitions, but also give students’ a voice to share their personal circumstances.
we have contrasting needs
Wellbeing programs don’t always work for all levels of school management.
School admin and policymakers have different needs from teachers and their students. School admins require programs that produce sufficient data to make informed decisions. Teachers need programs that are engaging and simple for students to benefit.
But what is simple doesn’t always lead to statistical results that can guide admin policy.
The need for data and the need for simplicity often take us in opposite directions when forming a school wellbeing program.
Technology creates a bridge between data and simplicity.
A satisfactory tech platform is easy to use, but can also create detailed, statistical data. The interface may seem simple, but the tech can interpret all interactions on the platform into meaningful data.
the solution is Skodel
Skodel, the individualized wellbeing platform, overcomes the 3 major challenges to provide a school wellbeing program that works both schoolwide and individually.
Through its web browser or phone app interface, it’s a quick way to frequently monitor, understand, and improve student mental health and wellbeing.
Skodel empowers and encourages self-expression. Students are given a voice in a safe and comfortable space that builds strong teacher-student relationships.
Not only is Skodel easy to use, but it also provides digestible data.
This data tracks positive and negative key drivers of student wellbeing. You’ll be able to identify what’s affecting mental health for you to make informed policy decisions.
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