Children with mental health issues


RENO, Nevada (KOLO) -As we have closed to slow the spread of the COVID virus, schools have closed, students have been sent home, and families have adjusted to the new normal – remote learning.

There was concern that the children would fall behind in their studies, but there was also regret and disappointment that they would also miss out on everything related to school – friends, extracurricular activities, diplomas and balls.

Turns out the disappointment was more than justified.

Students who have returned to school face more than the need to catch up academically. Many have been damaged by time away from classmates, and some are struggling with serious issues.

“Much higher levels of depressive anxiety, suicidal ideation,” says Ashlee Sampson, director of outpatient services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. Unfortunately, coping skills can sometimes feel like self-harm and substance use. “

There has been a marked increase in the number of young people needing the type of help available in hospital.

“We have a lot of kids who sometimes don’t know how to communicate how they feel,” Sampson explains. So that’s what our programs are for.

Some may find recovery by learning coping skills in a residential program, Sampson says, others quickly transition to outpatient status by working with therapists.

“To kind of understand what’s going on, what plays aren’t being talked about because you know the kids won’t be talking about everything. So it’s just a matter of figuring out which pieces of the puzzle are they not telling us in order to provide them with the right services. »

They are mostly teenagers between the ages of 10 and 17, but some even younger are struggling. girls. boys, the normally quiet and withdrawn to the star student or athlete. Sampson says parents should monitor the changes and, if there’s a problem, seek help.

“For parents, I always say if you have a knee-jerk reaction that something is wrong and I can’t figure it out, that’s when you call the troops. That’s when you ask for help because sometimes when we interact with our children, we have no idea they were struggling with it until they tell us.

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