Unleashing Connection to Combat the Winter Doldrums
Strategies for Helping Students Avoid Isolation and Feeling the Winter Blues
As the days get shorter and the weather grows colder, students in our boarding schools head into a season that can bring increased rates of isolation, depression, and other mental health challenges. Coupled with lingering social emotional gaps from two years of pandemic policies, encouraging social connectedness is more important than ever when it comes to promoting cultures of mental healthiness.
Join TABS and Dr. Ellen Utley, psychiatrist and JED Foundation Boarding School Consultant, to gather understanding and strategies for supporting student mental health as we head into the winter months. Dr. Utley will share the latest data about teen mental health from boarding schools and high schools and explore how emotional difficulties can feel more challenging for boarding students during the winter season. You’ll leave with simple strategies and tips to promote a culture of connectedness in your boarding community and learn how to begin a conversation with a student who might be struggling.
Ellen Utley MDJED Boarding School Subject Matter Expert & Advisor
Ellen has psychiatric training and over a decade of clinical experience in college mental health, working as the staff psychiatrist in the Sarah Lawrence College Counseling Center. Ellen began at JED as a writing consultant for JED Campus, Set-to-Go, the JED Campus Playbook, a myriad of JED white papers and POV pieces. Currently, Ellen serves as Subject Matter Expert and High School Advisor for schools in the JED Boarding School Program. Ellen studied German at Smith College and earned a B.S. in Nursing from Syracuse University. She earned an M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell) and completed residency training in psychiatry at the New York Hospital – Westchester Division.