Students’ mental health must figure in plans to restart classes

by Amy Braun

For NewsUSA(NewsUSA) – As officials across the nation grapple with how best to open schools, one thing too often overlooked is students’ mental health. Awareness of the pressures on our children is the first step towards helping them heal and preparing them to learn.

The coronavirus has left many kids feeling lonely and isolated. Research on the effect of the lockdowns published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry concluded that young people experiencing loneliness may not only be as much as three times more likely to sink into depression in the future, but their mental health could be impacted for at least nine years because of it.

One answer? Since 2003, HealthCorps has worked in high-need schools, supplementing existing health and wellness programs with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, mental resilience and civic engagement. These are


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