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 and built their resilience. Dr. Jonathan Jenkins a child psychologist at Mass General Hospital, and Dr. Daniel Dickstein, a child psychiatrist and pediatrician at McLean Hospital, point out what works. Check out Tips and Strategies and Megan and her mom, 18 months later, below.
Megan, 20 months later
How conversations with her parents built her resilience.
Megan, 20 months later
How the pandemic strengthened her friendships.
Megan's mom Colleen, 20 months later
How lessons from the pandemic have helped Megan mature.
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Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of all Ages, Mass General Hospital, Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program
Depression: True Stories This video, with Discussion Guide, features three young adults, including former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, who describe living with depression and thoughts of suicide. They tell how treatment transformed their lives. (26 minutes) Recommended grades 6 through college, parents, and other caregivers.
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Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World's Most Popular Weed, Dr. Kevin Hill, Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
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