Health experts continue to see mental health issues in local children

Health experts continue to see mental health issues in local children

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) –

It has been a difficult year for almost everyone, especially the children.

“Locally, we have seen an increased need for our patient services for children and adolescents in need of mental health services,” said Ann Wing, Network Coordinator for the Northwest Florida Health Network.

Local students in particular suffered from two traumas.

Health officials from the Northwest Florida Health Network and the Bay District Schools both agreed that our students had not had it easy.

“They haven’t had a regular school year, if you will, since before Hurricane Michael,” Wing said.

“Frankly, we’ve seen a significant increase in mental health issues since Hurricane Michael,” said Bay District Schools Mental Health Advisor Ken Chisholm.

Chisholm thinks the middle and high school students really struggled.

“It has a definite impact on their learning. Children also …

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