Tackling mental health in 2020

December 30, 2020

It’s been a difficult year, which makes understanding and providing appropriate care for mental health issues more important than ever.

The year 2020 will likely be remembered as a year of extreme mental stress, from worrying about COVID-19, dealing with the isolation needed to prevent the spread of the pandemic, potentially working through a loss from the disease, to say nothing of the stress of the summer’s explosion of fighting for racial justice. Here’s some of our coverage from 2020 that can help you provide needed and necessary care.

Talking to children and teenagers about racism

Recent events have highlighted how racism and discrimination harms many. The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided some guidance for parents on how to discuss the issue in an age-appropriate matter.

Mental toll of self-isolation can be severe

The complete toll of self-isolation to flatten the curve of COVID-19 remains unknown, but a new research letter from China shows that stay-at-home measures have increased depression and anxiety symptoms among children.

How teens feel about COVID-19 social behaviors

Social distancing and refraining from hoarding behavior have been common social behaviors since the beginning of the pandemic. A report examines how teenagers are engaging in these pandemic-related behaviors.

The toll of COVID-19 and quarantine on college students’ mental health

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health is hard to measure. A report offers a look at how quarantine impacted the mental health of university students.

Mental well-being and families: How COVID-19 has changed things

The total psychological toll of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be known for years, but a report sheds some light on how it’s impacted the families of hourly employees in some of the industries hardest hit by the lock-downs.