The Pandemic and
Kids' Mental Health
The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of children. We can't predict which kids will struggle long term. So it's important to create opportunities for kids to talk about their experiences. This helps build resilience — kids' ability to cope with future adversity.
Our program features children, parents and Harvard experts to guide you through these important conversations, offering strategies and actual words to use.
Why Talk Now
When Max was five years old, he worried when he overheard grown-ups talking about the pandemic. Sharing his feelings with his mom and dad was a big help. Lucy, 5, sought comfort in her toys, creating a make-believe classroom. Arielle, mom to two toddlers, discovered the benefits of self-care. Drawing on these stories, experts from McLean Hospital and Mass General Hospital offer valuable guidance.
Elementary School-Age Children & Preteens
Jaziel and Stephen, 8 and 13 years old, recall how their mom Kristel kept them hopeful through hard times. Charlotte, 12, and her parents describe how the pandemic affected their family. Charlotte’s friend, Victoria, describes how she stays positive. An expert from Mass General Hospital draws on lessons from their experience.
Megan, 13, and Cedric, 17, tell how missing out on activities left them feeling isolated. Discovering their strengths, and frank talks with their parents, helped them cope. Mental health experts from McLean Hospital and Mass General Hospital point out what works.
March 26, 2022
Talking with Kids
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: 9:50 minutes) Or, read the transcript.
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About Jeanne Blake
Jeanne Blake is the creator of The Pandemic and Kids’ Mental Health. She is the CEO of Blake Works, an executive leadership communication firm. Jeanne is an executive advisor and coach, author, and former award-winning medical television journalist. She is an honorary trustee at McLean Hospital, Harvard’s largest psychiatric teaching hospital. Jeanne has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, CNN, and been featured on NPR and Bloomberg Radio.
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