Counselor Connection (Special Edition)

Counselor Connection

From the desk of Damien Sweeney, Ed.D.

Mental Health Awareness Week

You are used to reading about how you can help your students in our School Counselor Connection, but this edition is all about you.

As a school counselor or educator, you are used to taking care of everyone else in your life. Rarely do I find school counselors and other educators who show themselves the same amount of love that they show others. Your mental health is so important! You give and give, which means that at times, your tank can be on empty. These are the times you need to focus on yourself, your well-being and your mental health the most. 

What have you been telling yourself that you need to do or start to reach some of your personal goals? It may be the case that you haven't found the perfect time to start that new workout plan, nutrition plan or schedule time with friends.

I recently heard someone say the following: "Better is better than perfect." Taking a small step toward your personal goals may be just what you need to find that sense of self-fulfillment you need or that first step toward self-love that you deserve.

While mental health awareness is important for every single person at your school, take time to acknowledge your own needs this week and take that first step you've been wanting to take for so long. You deserve it and you are enough!

For more resources for mental health awareness week, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website.

October 7, 2019


We often question ourselves. Am I good enough? Do I look good enough? I don't feel like I have much of a voice, but I feel like I should speak up in this meeting. Should I? Am I a good enough school counselor/educator? Am I a good enough parent, friend, son/daughter, sibling, etc.?

Let's choose to say yes! Remember that you are doing the best you can and that you deserve the same grace you offer your students. You are good, you are strong and you can overcome your obstacles.

When you need a reminder that you can be yourself and you deserve to be, listen to "Thursday" by Jess Glynne.


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One thing you can do to care of yourself during the busyness of your school day is to simply get out of your office and walk the halls or take a quick step outside. Taking that walk may be just what you need to get moving, clear your head and reset during the day.

There is always going to be that email you need to get to, that student waiting in your office or that parent you need to call, but a 5-minute walk may allow you to become more mindful in that moment of needed self-care.