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Young People and Mental Health During a Pandemic

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While awareness of and attention to mental health is always important, it is becoming increasingly visible as we encounter the stresses of the current public health crisis. Though available data shows young people may not be as at risk for COVID-19 as adults, we know that they are still vulnerable to the mental health impacts of this global crisis (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], n.d.). Combined with the fear and worry about the health of loved ones, youth may be experiencing grief associated with the loss of normalcy that the current crisis is creating. Disruption in routines such as school and daily interaction with friends can cause stress and anxiety. In addition, youth may grieve the loss of participating in significant life events such as graduation, cultural ceremonies, the final season of their sports career and the list goes on.


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