Parents: Spot Mental Health Effects Connected to Remote Learning

NJ 101.5 discussed how to spot mental health issues in students while remote learning. 

In a recent 4-H National Council survey, 70% of responding teens said they felt depressed, anxious or highly stressed. In the same survey, 61% said the pandemic had increased their feelings of loneliness.

A nationwide Gallup poll taken in June found three in 10 parents said their children were “already experiencing harm” to their emotional and mental health as a result of social distancing and school closures.

“Feelings of anxiety and loneliness can increase for students as they try to get through the uncertainty this school year brings,” said Lorraine Gehrig-Mullins, Vice President of School-Based Services for Care Plus NJ.

Gehrig-Mullins said mental health among students is more of a concern with virtual learning because students have lost their connections to the resources that in-person schooling provides them — including a consistent presence from caring adults who are connecting with them on a daily basis in person. They don’t have access to the on-site mental health services that schools often provide, or the structure and consistency of a school day.

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