Helping Students After the 2016 Election

The 2016 presidential campaign and election were among the most lengthy and heavily publicized in history. They were not just political events, they were emotional experiences for many students and their families, particularly those who felt increasingly disenfranchised before the election or fear the election results may marginalize them further. Because students were constantly exposed to campaign rhetoric, the past year may have been a very stressful time for them. Following the election results, students may be experiencing a wide variety of feelings ranging from excitement to anxiety and despair. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) offers suggestions and resources that school counselors and other educators to consider as they provide ongoing support to students.