2020 has taken its’ toll on all of us, especially our youth. Many young people are finding it difficult to cope with the stress, fear, grief, and uncertainty created by civil unrest, political chaos and the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2019 Pew Research study showed that youth were already concerned about depression, anxiety, bullying and substance use. And now, they have social isolation and family strain to add to their list of struggles.
Lately, I’ve referred more young people than ever before with mental health concerns for counseling. The emotional support therapy provides has been helpful for my patients and their families. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Crystal Mullen-Johnson joins me to discuss the common mental health concerns youth are experiencing during the pandemic and ways to help them cope. She says, “We see people suffering in silence. We have to break the silence.”
This episode covers:
-The importance of mental health
-Reducing the stigma of mental illness
-Dispelling myths about therapy
-Common mental health concerns in youth
-Recognizing mental illness in your child
-How to get help
-Go-to coping skills
*This episode was recorded in November 2020.
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