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In Quick Takes, families and experts weigh in about emerging news in the pandemic and other global events. To view videos, click on the image. To download transcripts, click on links below.

Quick Takes

March 26, 2022

The War in Ukraine: 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.

February 15, 2022

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.

September 7, 2021

Why the Ability to Listen is a Superpower Part II

Dr. 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.

September 7, 2021

Why the Ability to Listen is a Superpower Part I

As 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.

August 5, 2021

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.

July 30, 2021

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.

July 28, 2021

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.

July 8, 2021

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.

July 8, 2021

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.

March 15, 2021

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 transcript.

February 10, 2021

Trauma or 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 transcript.