Supporting Brain Health
As we strive to nurture students, mind, body and spirit – and with sincere thanks to Debi and Andy Butler and Brain Health Now – Wahlert Catholic High School is pleased to welcome students and staff to a space designed to foster Brain Heath. The Brain Health Retreat Room is a safe space to prioritize Brain Health needs for students and staff. Students will be supported in building specific skills and coping strategies to get them regulated and back to class.
Learn more about the Wahlert Catholic Brain Health Retreat Room
Brain Health Retreat Room Q&A
A safe space to prioritize Brain Health needs for students. Students will be supported in building specific skills and coping strategies to get them regulated and back to class. This room isn’t for students to avoid classes. It is meant for quick breaks to reset and regulate feelings and emotions.
While in the room, students will work on strategies to assist in social-emotional regulation such as breathing techniques, grounding techniques, problem-solving skills, meditation or maybe just a quiet space to gather thoughts.
Research has revealed access to brain health resources as one of Dubuque’s most critical challenges, and national studies amplify the need to address children’s brain health, specifically. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 80% of U.S. students report feeling stressed sometimes or often, while 34% say they experience depression. Furthermore, a recent article in Edweek states that 35% of 14- to 18-year-olds experience a brain health crisis each year.
Molly Menster is Wahlert’s Brain Health Liaison. Though there is a trained, qualified professional leading the room, this isn't therapy nor takes the place of a therapist.
If in-class intervention isn’t working or a student isn’t able to regulate while in the classroom, there are three different ways a student can be referred down.
- Teacher can refer
- Student can self-refer
- School Counselors can refer
In all of the above-listed situations, the students will take a green lanyard from the class they are in or to which they are going that will communicate that they will go to the Brain Health Retreat Room. They will scan their ID when they arrive in the BHRR and before they leave.
The BHRR is in the lower level of Wahlert Catholich High School at the bottom of the central staircase (room below the board room). If you have questions, you can also email email@example.com.
Starting in the 22-23 school year, students will be able to access the room during school hours.
PROCEDURES FOR ACCESSING THE BHRR
- Start with in-class strategies
- Students can be referred one of three ways:
- Teacher or Staff can refer
- Student can self-refer
- School Counselor can refer
- Once regulated, student returns to class with a pass 4.
- Student may be referred to the School Counseling Office
BHRR can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone (563) 564-9944.