WATCH: KSAT hosts back-to-school town hall focused on mental health

Panelists discuss tips for students, parents, teachers

SAN ANTONIO – The 2023-2024 school year is here and KSAT is helping students prepare to return to the classroom by hosting a town hall event.

“Nurturing Minds As We Go Back To School” is dedicated to addressing mental health concerns students, parents, teachers and school faculty may face as the school year begins.

You can watch a video of the town hall in the player above on demand.


“Empowering Young Minds,” focuses on the mental well-being of students as they return to school. Discussions focused on coping strategies and stress management.


“Strengthening the Parent-Child Connection,” focused on mental health concerns of parents as they guide their child through their education journey. Experts talked about having a nurturing environment at home, recognizing the signs of distress and seeking professional help when needed.

Teachers and faculty

“Supporting Educators, Nurturing Minds,” shines a light on the mental health challenges teachers and staff face during the back-to-school transition. We talk about the stressors, emotional strain and burnout risks that adults in the school may encounter.

The following panelists participated in the town hall:

  • Dr. Abigail Talley, UT Health Psychiatry
  • Dr. Melanie Morgan, Counselor at Southside ISD Menchaca Early Childhood Center
  • Elena Zavala, 6th grade teacher at Jones Middle School
  • Robin Voight, teacher with NEISD
  • Victor Hernandez, student at CAST STEM High School in Southwest ISD

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About the Authors:

Halee Powers is a KSAT producer primarily focused on digital newscasts and events.

Myra Arthur is passionate about San Antonio and sharing its stories. She graduated high school in the Alamo City and always wanted to anchor and report in her hometown. Myra anchors KSAT News at 6:00 p.m. and hosts and reports for the streaming show, KSAT Explains. She joined KSAT in 2012 after anchoring and reporting in Waco and Corpus Christi.