PW! Update 5-12-2020
Helping Kids Find the Wisdom in Overwhelm
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month (Year/ Decade/Century!) and we’re in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic crisis—no one alive today has experienced a global shutdown to this degree. We’ve had to navigate on the fly with no reference, guidebook, or protocol to call upon.
My friend often recalls a memory of being little and his mom picking him up from school. He was unbearably agitated. The seatbelt felt suffocating, his skin was crawling, he couldn’t stand the polite questions his mom was asking about his day. He was so uncomfortable, he ached to escape his body. He screamed, he terrorized, he pushed everyone on the outside away.
Pediatric research: COVID-19 will lead to more childhood trauma. Health care must take it into account.
You might have seen the headlines warning that, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the current mental health crisis facing youth in the United States will only worsen.
Like adults, children are experiencing new or intensified stressors as a result of the pandemic, including loss of routine, separation from friends and extended family, and increased anxiety and frustration.
Some more extreme stressors — food insecurity, loss of a parent or extreme illness in the household, exposure to abuse — are classified as adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. In 2016, the National Survey of Children’s Health showed that 46% of all children experience at least one ACE. Nearly 22% experienced two or more ACEs. It is suspected that the COVID-19 pandemic will only increase those rates.
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