Original article written by Catherine Pearson for HUFFPOST.
One of the largest studies on children’s mental health during the pandemic to date shows just how significant the toll has been, indicating that 1 in 4 youth around the globe are grappling with clinically elevated symptoms of depression, and that 1 in 5 have increased signs of anxiety.
Experts have also emphasized throughout the pandemic there are steps parents can take to help with a multipronged approach necessary to support children’s mental health. To start, simply validate how challenging the pandemic has been and make it clear that you are available to talk. Also, be on the lookout for “reemergence anxiety.” (Here are four questions parents can ask that may be helpful to gauge how children are doing.)
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