The start of the 2021 school year was unlike any other our children have ever experienced. Challenging events throughout 2020, including COVID, meant children were carrying much more than the contents of their school bags on their shoulders as they approached the classroom at the start of Term 1.
Today we take the time to discuss the impacts of COVID on childrens mental health in the short, middle and long term with our special guest, Chanel Nesci. Chanel is a Registered Psychologist and Psychological Health and Safety Leader at BUPA with almost ten years of experience working in Mental Health.
We ask Chanel questions including:
- What are your thoughts on the impact of COVID on children’s mental health?
- What are some of the positives children can take away from the last 12 months? Starting with preschoolers? Primary Schoolers? Teens?
- Do you think that this time has enabled the ability to form even stronger bonds with parents?
- Do you think this opportunity has developed a greater appreciation for their friends? Teachers?
- Do you think the additional rules and regulations COVID has brought to our lives has helped children become better behaved?
- Addressing the cons, do you think children find it much more difficult to express how they are feeling?
- How do parents and caregivers identify signs of stress? How do the signs of stress differ child to child? What can parents do to help this?
- What affects does Social isolation have on kids?
- What’s your thoughts on children’s abilities to initiate and form robust conversations these days? And the potential lack thereof to form deep connections to others through this?
- How can parents keep an eye out on any signs that your children might need more support?
For Chanel’s full article, please go to: https://kiddipedia.com.au/how-to-minimise-covid-19-anxiety-as-the-kids-return-to-school/
For further details: https://www.bupa.com.au/healthlink/