b'springtidereseNaorctihc.eodrg 1 73While most students agree that they dont feel they need to hide who they are at school (63%) or confirm that they dont feel anonymous or invisible at school (61%), the margins for those who dont agree are significant. This opportunity to notice students at a deeper level, to see the students who are marginalized and make a special effort to connect with them, is critical for building a community of belonging.63%of students agree with61%of students agree with the the statement I dont feel I needstatement I do not feel anonymous to hide who I am at my school. or invisible at my school.61%62%59%59%of Hispanic or Latino students agree. 62%of Asian students agree.Only 43%of nonbinary students agree.Tide-Turning TipHelp facilitate peer-to-peer connections. When it comes to conversations about mental health, young people naturally turn to one another. Therefore, the more peer connections they have, the better. You can facilitate these connections by providing opportunities for students to build community. And you can help young people help one another not only with more connections but with more skills.Consider extending mental-health first-aid and awareness training to students so they can be better equipped to help their friends and, importantly, so they know when to bring a concern to a trusted adult. Sports teams, dorm communities, music groups, book clubsall these types of communities can be strengthened with more opportunities to connect outside the primary activity (that is, by hosting retreats or dining nights together), and with more opportunities to learn how to care for one another well.'