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Welcome from STP President Susan Nolan

November 4, 2021

Stealing Back Joy: A Renewed Focus on Student Mental Health

“How COVID-19 Stole ‘Children’s Joy,’ a recent headline offered. And we’ve all heard stories of stolen joy. The student who gave up their waning-summer weekend at the shore in an overcrowded shared rental because a sibling is immunocompromised. The ones who struggle to maintain fitness and social networks now that the indoor volleyball habit seems, well, treacherous. Or the ones who are saddened that limited tickets to indoor commencement exercises means they can’t include the family cheering squad they always imagined.

But for some students, “stolen joy” may represent more than just a sad moment. Rising rates of mental illness among our secondary and higher education students have long been a concern. But these trends are even more concerning during the pandemic....

To read the rest of this letter and past letters from the STP President, click here.

To read President-Elect Linda Woolf's initiatives for 2022 and the task forces for each initiative, click here.

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