COVID-19 is impacting people of all ages across the country, including children and youth. Kids are not attending classes, participating in extracurricular activities, or seeing their friends in the same way they once did — and it’s taking a toll on their emotional and mental well-being.
In May, a Gallup Panel poll found 29% of parents of school-aged children said their children were “already experiencing harm to their emotional or mental health because of social distancing and closures.” And nearly half of parents surveyed said their child was already experiencing harm to their emotional and mental health because of separation from their classmates and teachers.
Whether your state or school is currently using remote learning or is beginning to meet in person, it’s critical to consider the effects this difficult time may have on your child’s mental and emotional health. Use your skills as a Mental Health First Aider to help your kids during and after this pandemic.
These tips from Youth Mental Health First Aid will help you support your child and family as you navigate COVID-19.
If your child consistently appears more angry or sad than usual, consider reaching out to a mental health professional or seeking online therapy. With the right information and resources, we can #BeTheDifference for the children and youth in our lives during and after COVID-19.
Learn more about how you can #BeTheDifference with Youth Mental Health First Aid.