Special education teacher’s “mental health check in” for students inspires other educators

Looking For The Light

BY CAITLIN O’KANE

APRIL 5, 2019 / 12:00 PM/ CBS NEWS

A special education teacher from Fremont, California, made a “mental health checklist” for her students. Now, teachers around the world are doing the same.

Erin Castillo posted a photo of her mental health posteron Instagram and it went viral.She made a version of itavailable to download for free, and teachers around the world are posting photos of the chart in their classrooms.

The mental heath checklist asks kids if they are “great,” “okay,” “meh,” “struggling,” “having a hard time” or “in a really dark place.” Students are encouraged to write their names on the back of a post-it and stick it on the poster under the section describing how they’re feeling.

If they put their post-it in the “struggling” section, they know they should try speaking with an adult about their feelings. If they say…

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