“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”
- Dr. Seuss

Like adults, children are susceptible to mental health issues. For a long time, The importance of children’s mental health was overlooked. Perhaps you have heard the old adage, “Kids should be seen not heard”. Whoever coined that maxim probably meant no harm, such thinking demonstrates a lack of regard for the mental health of children. We cannot help someone until we hear someone. Thankfully, children’s mental health has received increased focus in recent decades. However, we have also seen a rise in children’s mental health disorders. The Covid-19 Pandemic has only served to exacerbate an already volatile situation. In fact, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent an Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association have declared Children’s mental health a national emergency. In order to combat the trend of rising mental health cases, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Must be emphasized. SEL is the process by which Youth (and adults) acquire skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding to manage emotions and develop healthy, productive, and socially appropriate identities.