It is an imperfect program but a worthy one at Oak Park and River Forest High School as the school tries to bring a focus and an outlet on student’s mental health with a monthly classroom discussion on topics related to stress and anxiety.

The challenge of reaching students in a small enough setting and on a regular basis resulted in teacher-led sessions across the school building. A result is that some teachers are actively not cut out to lead such discussions. That could result in some anxiety all by itself.

But the intention is a solid one. All indications are that post-pandemic student mental health issues are high. Finding an intentional way to address those issues is brave and necessary.

OPRF should stick with this effort, refine it and assume that students and teachers will bring goodwill to this ongoing conversation.

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