James just moved from B.C. to a school in Ontario. As a grade 8 student, moving half way through a school year, he's having a hard time adjusting to all this change. He feels the reasons for his move are private, and he's not comfortable discussing them with anyone, but people keep asking about it. He feels like after the first two weeks in his new class he doesn't want to be friends with anyone. His teacher, along with the work being assigned, seems so different from what he was doing out west. James is becoming very stressed out. Just recently, he verbally abused his bus driver on his way to school and was given a suspension.
- Highlights some of the key information in the story, in your own words. (What are the issues?)
- Give an example of at least one strategy James could begin to use that you think would help with his mental health.
- Include a question that a classmate could answer that relates to this topic and/or specific example.
1. James has recently moved to a new home in a new district, he is finding troubles adjusting to his new location. He doesn't feel that he should tell people at school why they moved halfway through the school year. People are pressuring him to tell why, but he doesn't want to. When people are pressuring him he doesn't like it so he doesn't like having anything to do with him. The transition from western Canada to eastern Canada is a big change and he isn't flowing with these changes. James got himself into trouble because of his stress.
2. I think James could try telling his classmates why he moved instead of keeping it to himself because it is safer to be honest rather than building up stress. He could also try talking to his teacher about the problems he is having adjusting to this new town and his teacher will most likely understand what he is going through and try to be 'easy' on him. I also think James could try talking to his parents about his problems instead of keeping it to himself because it is easier to let things out than cause more stress by keeping it to yourself.
3. What does it mean to have mental illnesses?
What do you think at least four of James' troubles are adjusting to Ontario?
Why do you think James doesn't want to have anything to do with his peers in Ontario?