When Mental Health Is a Family Affair

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When Mental Health Is a Family Affair

Regardless of their role in your organization, many of your employees have the role of “concerned parent” at home. Emerging research suggests the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on the mental well-being of young people. Uncertainty about the duration of the pandemic, concerns about vulnerability to infection, continued physical distancing measures and social and economic upheaval is driving increased anxiety and emotional stress for children and young adults. The research shows particular increases in clinginess, irritability and fear in younger children, along with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance use in adolescents.

Download this article for insights on how the pandemic is affecting young people and what employers can do to help.

by Joel L. Axler, MD

National Behavioral Health Leader