As both the surgeon general and President Biden have acknowledged, student mental health is a national crisis. Today’s kids have suffered through uncertainty and fear during the pandemic. They’re worried about active shooters and friends dying by suicide, while living much of their lives under the (often unbearable) influence of social media.
Understandably, parents like me wonder what we can do, but may feel unqualified to offer help ourselves or ashamed to ask for assistance.
Supporting a child’s mental health is like caring for a child’s physical wounds: Failure to address small problems allows them to become major issues.