In recent months, many specialists have expressed concern about the increase in mental health problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in children, mothers, and the elderly.
Realizing this, in the United States, more and more cities are allowing children to take mental health days to reset and recharge.
According to Edmonds-based psychologist Dr. Gregory Jantz, as we look at today’s youth, we are in a mental health crisis. “This is a type of anxiety that we have never seen before at these levels in our children.”
According to Jantz, anxiety is the number one issue facing 12- to 17-year-olds right now, while the second leading cause of death for kids in this age group is suicide.
Excused for mental health reasons
Already in December of last year, the US declared a mental health crisis as many children struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, several states have passed laws that make mental health days excused days of absence from school. For example, the state of Washington is one of them thanks to a law passed earlier this year.
When the law was passed, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) said it would work with schools to implement the new regulation.
Another benefit of this jurisdiction, according to officials, is that There would be no limit on absences and they would not require a doctor’s note.
Jantz explains that if a child takes a mental health day, there needs to be a plan to get the person the help they need.
He advises both parents and educators to look for “red flags” in infants, such as a change in social groups, academic apathy, or increased and prolonged isolation.
“Let them talk and talk and talk. This is not the time to give advice. You want to keep that bridge of communication open with your teenager,” Jantz said.
Another of the benefits that the states have proposed in maintaining assets for the American society, are the attention and emergency lines.
If you, your child, a family member or a friend need help with their mental health right away, call or text 988. They can also access chat and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people endangered.
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