The Videos

The Pandemic and
Kids' Mental Health

The pandemic has worsened a mental health crisis among children and adolescents. 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 their ability to cope with future adversity.


Our program features children, parents and Harvard experts to guide you through these resilience-building conversations, offering strategies and actual words to use.

 Why Talk Now


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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

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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.


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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.


Ben Handrich, School Counselor at South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, and Chris Moore, School Psychologist and K-12 Social-Emotional Health Coordinator for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Oregon - share their concerns and hopes for the coming school year. (Watch our interview: 12:58 minutes) Or, read the transcript.

Quick Takes Brief Interviews about emerging topics

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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Kristin Leary

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