How has COVID-19 impacted the mental wellbeing of children and adolescents in the world?
There are more than 2.2 billion children in the world, and they make up about 28% of the world’s population. Due to the pandemic, we have had numerous lockdowns and schools have been transferred to remote learning and are only allowing half the student body in the school on specific days to switch off those days with each group. Young children and adolescents have had a greater impact on emotional and social development than compared to adults. Children aged 3-6 years old are more likely to manifest symptoms of clinginess and fear of family members getting infected, and children aged 6-18 years old are experiencing uncertainty and isolation. Children all around have been showing more signs of developing anxiety and depression with some experiencing disturbed sleep, nightmares, poor appetite, agitation, etc.
Now the question is how do you know if your child is showing signs of high levels of stress, anxiety or depression due to the impact of COVID-19. It is normal for children to feel worried or anxious from time to time, but when the anxiety starts to affect their behavior and thoughts every day is when you should start to address that feeling. Here are some of the signs to look for:
Covid-19 has been an ongoing process and is affecting all of us and the younger kids all the same with mental health. Some are just having a harder time trying to manage and cope with their anxiety or depression. For some, it can be an easy month or two of trying the at-home ways to try and manage your anxiety or depression. For others trying to resolve it at home may not work and that is okay.
Here is some helpful information for those wanting COVID-19 counseling.
Yes. If you want rather attend your counseling session online while you’re at home, we will be announcing the link to do that on our homepage within the next few days. All you’re going to have to do is fill out an online intake form, pick the counselor you want to see, and schedule your appointment.
Yes it is. Since we have several counselors who have taken an interest in this program, our virtual counseling schedule is very flexible and you should be able to find a day and time that works for you.
For your safety and the safety of our staff, we are offering therapy sessions online.