Tackling Youth Mental Health Crisis A Pandemic Priority, By Amy Kennedy | Chroniclers

Tackling Youth Mental Health Crisis A Pandemic Priority, By Amy Kennedy |  Chroniclers

As we approach the final months of second school year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing mental health crisis among children and young adults is more acute than ever.

Educators, administrators, families and students are now faced with the long-term economic and social impacts of online and distance learning and the enormous logistical task of implementing in-person learning from a way that maximizes and prioritizes safety. These are challenges that would have been inconceivable a year ago.

All of these considerations need to be discussed and resolved, but at the same time, we cannot let children’s mental health become a secondary priority. We must recognize that this pandemic has caused trauma in children and young adults. And that many of them were already suffering trauma due to racism, poverty, food insecurity or abuse.

Schools are a lot more that the centers …

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