Mental health hotline calls on the rise for children during pandemic
SALISBURY, Md. – While the coronavirus has impacted all of us in some way, some mental health experts say children may be struggling with anxiety and depression during the pandemic.
Doctor Kathy Seifert, a local psychologist, says across the country hotline calls and suicide rates for children above the age of ten are up. She says children could be suffering because of fear of the virus and a change of routine as they’re out of school.
Dr. Seifert adds that there are some warning signs parents can look out for in their children, including a change of mood, excessive worrying about the virus, plus changes in sleep.
“Difficulty with sleeping… school provides a structure for children that helps them regulate their day, and without that you might see difficulty with sleeping,” Dr. Seifert explained.
She adds that even during the pandemic, most mental health facilities are working through tele-health, so if you think your child is struggling, you should reach out to a mental health professional.