The statistics are alarming: Our kids are experiencing high rates of anxiety, depression, and substance use during COVID. There has been significant learning loss, and youth developmental growth and maturity has been disrupted for an entire year. Youth of color living in poverty have been most affected during the pandemic - they may have lost family members, had severe financial insecurity, been sheltered at home taking Zoom classes in overcrowded living situations. Our young people also are witnessing the nation's deep inequities in income, access, and discrimination based on race with multiple instances of publicized police brutality and the ensuing court cases.
We need to be ready for the fall as we emerge from this pandemic to help our youth access mental health services and support in new ways, using digital tools, assessments and linkages to quality care. This webinar will cover the toll the pandemic has taken on our young people and the lessons learned from post-Katrina times that can be applied as we begin to emerge into our new now.
Deb Levine, MA is a health educator and innovator working to improve youth health and wellness. She is a consultant for the California Children's Trust, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, MenEngage, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the Founder and former Executive Director of YTH (youth+tech+health), a project of ETR. She is an alum of the SHE at Cornell and a parent of two teens, aged 19 and 18.