Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids Spring 2020 COVID-19 Remote Schooling Report
MHAP for Kids has released data collected from parents/guardians about the harmful impacts the pandemic is having on their children’s mental health and remote learning experience. When schools across the Commonwealth shifted to remote learning due to the public health crisis, MHAP for Kids’ staff attorneys spoke to families each week about their experiences with remote learning and with their youth’s mental and behavioral health symptoms.
Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health analyzed the data and published a report. Read an excerpt below:
Major findings include:
- 60% of parents and guardians rated their youth’s mental health at or below a score of 5 on a scale of 0-10 where 0 is the worst and 10 is the best possible mental health.
- The vast majority (96%) of parents reported observing social, emotional, and or behavioral challenges. The average family reported 3 challenges per week.
- Qualitative comments provided by families suggest that youth social, emotional, and behavioral challenges were made worse during COVID-19.
- 67% of families reported increased symptoms of Anxiety.
The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Office of the Child Advocate have partnered to create HandHold, an online guide for families navigating their children's mental health journey. The site helps you answer questions like: "Should I worry?" "What can I do?" and "Who can help?"
Safe Kids Thrive
In many cases, child sexual abuse is preventable. With the right tools, you can stop abuse before it happens. A new website, www.safekidsthrive.org, developed by the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, provides organizations with customizable tools and guidelines to prevent child sexual abuse.