The pandemic is interrupting typical school instruction and causing added stress for kids. Some are on hybrid schedules, learning remotely on some days and in the classroom on others. They are not seeing friends or socializing in person as often, and like everyone these days, they are dealing with lots of uncertainty about what comes next.
If someone seems to be struggling with their mental health, Shlisky said, the first step is to identify the emotion. She suggested that people try drawing to discover how they feel, which could be a great activity for kids.