HRH Polk Today 050521

COLUMN: Children’s mental health always a priority

Note: The following item was provided by Highland Rivers Health’s Melanie Dallas for publication. – KtE

Over the past year, as the impacts of the pandemic accumulated, I wrote several columns about how children might be particularly vulnerable to emotional and mental health problems. The disruption of a sense of normalcy, feelings of isolation and loss, and for many families, grief, all increased the potential for mental health challenges among children and adolescents. Studies have found millions of young people did – and continue to – experience such challenges. It’s been a rough year on so many levels.

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