The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health

 

Quick Takes

In Quick Takes we share the opinions and experience of experts and families about each transition in the pandemic. Click on the links below to download the PDFs. To view videos, click on the image.


Having Key Conversations with Kids: From War to the Pandemic Jeanne Blake talks with Dr. Paula K. Rauch, child psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital, about strategies for talking with kids about global crisis. (Watch our interview: 21:27 minutes) Or, read the transcript.


How Ongoing Conversations Build Resilience Jeanne Blake talks with Dr. Paula K. Rauch, child psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital, about the importance of helping kids talk about their pandemic experience – during and, importantly, after the pandemic. (Watch our interview: 8:51 minutes) Or, read the transcript.


The Ability to Listen is a Superpower (Part IAs children of all ages navigate uncertainty, there’s a proven way caring adults can offer support. Jeanne Blake talks with Dr. Leslie Klein Garvin, Director of Counseling and Middle School Counselor at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., Dr. Kerry Ressler, Chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean Hospital, and Kercine Elie, mother of three, about why the ability to listen is a superpower. Watch our interview (4:10 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


The Ability to Listen is a Superpower (Part IIDr. Leslie Klein Garvin, Director of Counseling and Middle School Counselor at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., viewed the The Pandemic and Kids’ Mental Health teen video with middle school students. Jeanne Blake talks with Dr. Klein Garvin, about the students’ response, and why being present and listening to kids is so powerful. Watch our interview (3:34 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


The Delta Variant: Talking with Kids As the Delta variant surges, we face uncertainty rather than the eagerly anticipated re-entry. Jeanne Blake talks with Dr. Paula K. Rauch, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and 14-year-old Megan, featured in the teen video, about how processing kids’ pandemic experiences, thus far, will help them face current and future uncertainties. Watch our interview (5:54 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


Preparing Kids for Transitions Ahead As children head back to school, we can help prepare them to meet this transition – and others – with confidence. Jeanne Blake speaks with Dr. J.J. Jenkins, a child psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alicia Mezzoni, a teacher from Dracut, Massachusetts. Watch our interview (2:47 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


A Teacher’s Perspective Jeanne Blake and Alicia Mezzoni, a teacher from Dracut, Massachusetts, discuss the pandemic from Alicia’s point of view as an educator and mom – and her hopes and concerns about the upcoming 2021 school year. Watch our interview (3:50 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


Talking About Your Family’s Safety Rules Jeanne Blake and Dr. Paula K. Rauch, Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss how families can talk about their choices around safety rules as the world opens up again. Watch our interview (3:37 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


Building Resilience a Day at a Time We have daily opportunities to foster resilience. Jeanne Blake and Dr. Paula K. Rauch, Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss how simple practices build resilience. Watch our interview (4 minutes). Or, read the transcript.


Talking About the Light at the End of the Tunnel With vaccines available we hear a lot about the light at the end of the tunnel. Blake Works’ founder Jeanne Blake and Dr. Paula K. Rauch, Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss the importance of talking with children about this important transition. Read the interview.


Trauma or a Hard Time? The word “trauma” is often used to describe the emotional impact of the pandemic. Blake Works’ founder Jeanne Blake and Dr. Paula K. Rauch, Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss the difference between having a hard time and experiencing trauma. Read the interview.