For Parents, Guardians, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Teen Mental Health.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 pm ET
Pandemic Parenting: Supporting Teen Mental Health
Parenting teens through the years 2020 and 2021 has brought challenges we couldn’t have imagined in 2019. Families have experienced the contradiction of isolation and excessive time together; loss of income and higher levels of food- and housing-insecurity; drastically reduced access to school resources; increased rates of mental health distress and crisis; and ongoing fear for what the future holds. For most of us, the stressors have been layering on top of one another without relief.
The news about teens and young adults has been particularly concerning. Sixty-four percent of teens believe that COVID-19 will have lasting impacts on their generation’s mental health. Already, rates of anxiety and depression have been skyrocketing and teens’ visits to the hospital emergency department for psychiatric crises have increased by 44%.
Although this is alarming, there are actions you can take to support the teens in your life. We can start by ensuring that you and other parents, guardians, and caring adults get the education needed to help teens and young adults feel more secure for their future. And while your own stress may be sky-high, there are practical ways adults can support the entire family’s mental health and well-being.
In this webinar, Dr. Archana Basu discusses how the pandemic is affecting teen, parent, and family mental health. Dr. Basu provides practical evidence-based ways to manage parental stress and shares tips for communicating with and supporting teens and young adults.
Michele F. Schuckel, MBA, BSN, RN
COVID-19 Response Manager, Public Health Nurse
Town of Weston, Public Health Department
Direct Phone: 781-786-5033
Board of Public Health Main Office: 781-786-5030