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Supporting Students During the Holiday Season

Dear Naples School Community:

As we turn our calendars from November to December, we are reminded that the coming weeks bring with them special opportunities for joy and celebration. However, we also know that the holiday season is rarely stress-free. Changes in routine, a dizzying array of demands, and unrealistic expectations can often lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Although these tensions can be difficult for anyone, they are especially challenging for young people already struggling with issues related to mental health.

While students in crisis can oftentimes feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness and isolation, research suggests that they are not alone. At the New York State School Boards Association Annual Convention in October, several Naples Board of Education members had the chance to attend a presentation titled, “Mental Health 101: Signs and Symptoms.” In the session, a psychologist from the Child Mind Institute named Dr.  Caroline Axelrod Mendel cited research indicating that one in five youths suffer from a mental health disorder (E.g. Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, etc.). In addition, Mendel emphasized the important role that schools play in diagnosing and supporting young people who are struggling.

If you notice that your son or daughter is experiencing persistent levels of stress or anxiety this holiday season, we would encourage you to contact an NCS administrator, nurse, counselor, or psychologist for assistance. We know that each child in our school community is someone’s whole world, and we stand ready to do whatever we can to help ensure their safety and emotional well-being.

Finally, I wanted to pass along a powerful video (click HERE) as well as the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273- 8255) that the Ontario County Suicide Prevention Coalition recently asked area school superintendents to share. The Naples Central School District is proud to be a part of this group, and we are collectively committed to providing the support our students need in order to experience success.


Matt Frahm, Superintendent




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Matt Frahm, Superintendent

136 North Main Street
Naples, New York 14512
Phone: 585-374-7900

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