Covid-19: Your children’s mental health
While being a teenager is generally difficult, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder for our young ones who are going through different phases of their adolescence. With school closures and cancelled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class. It is important to always remind the teenagers who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, and facing life changes due to the outbreak that they you are not alone.
Adolescence is a unique and formative time. As adolescents go through multiple changes, they become vulnerable to mental health problems. Promoting psychological well-being is crucial especially during this COVID19 pandemic .
In order to care and look after your child’s mental health in these times, it is important to: - Be in touch with your children's doctor: it is important to always be in touch via phone or email with your child’s general practitioner or a specialist if you think it is necessary
Recognize Anxiety is completely normal: anxiety around COVID-19 is completely understandable, make sure that your child has access to reliable sources such as the World Health Organization’s sites to get information. If they, or you are worried that they might be experiencing symptoms take our questionnaire on covid19.wbfafrica.org - Create distractions for your little ones: find balance in the day-to-day by creating a routine. Help them do homework, watch a favourite movie or read
Missing out on events with friends, or hobbies is extremely disappointing for teenagers. The best way to deal with this is to encourage your children to feel. Encourage them to process their feelings through art, conversation, or any other fun activity they may enjoy.