Student stress over getting into “good” schools

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130830170410-angry-father-daughter-laptop-story-topThe struggle is on between parents and young adults. The struggle is about college. Not, should I go or not go to college. The struggle is debt or no debt, is this school the best for me, will I be able to get a job if I choose this school over that school.

Having 4 children myself and watching the results of many more going to school, getting out and working on using what they learned – one thing I do know is that the stress level prior to going to the school of your choice is greater than the stress of writing the papers and finishing the assignments the student gets after getting to the school of their choice.

My biggest concern is about the pressure that our students feel about getting in to a “good” school. Bottom line – Go to any company and you will see that those employed there come from a variety of colleges. While there may be a particular position in a particular company that might be more available to a student from a single school – people do not generally hire based on what school you went to. They hire on who you are, your attitude and skills.

The experience in college is simply what you make of it, what you do when you get there – no matter where you attend. Why is this important to understand.

Being stressed out is one of the risk factors that we see over and over again in youth suicide. Want to learn more of the risk factors and what you can do to protect the youth in your life?

Attend the QPR training on May 3 – 10 AM at Balanced Life Skills. Learn more here.

Become a QPR Gatekeeper

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Please find attached an invitation to attend a very important information session for parents of children of all ages.  For the last three years a number of individuals and groups of public and private sector have made an impact in Anne Arundel County Public Schools training all teachers and school personell how to recognize the warning signs and how to respond to suicidal ideation and communication.

QPR Gatekeeper Training Flyer


Balanced Life Skills is making this available for all of our parents and anyone in the public that would like to learn to possibly prevent a possible tragedy.  We have arranged it during class time at the school and encourage you to take part in this session.  You will receive easy to understand information and a booklet with a list of warning signs, how to get help and a list of resources that you may need.

QPR Gatekeeper Training Flyer

Please open the attachment and see which date would be best for you.  All trainings are offered for free as they are funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant.
Thank you for taking the time to learn how you might save a life.

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