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Return to school gives rise to mental health concerns

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The back-to-school jitters have taken on a whole new meaning this year.

For some students returning to the classroom, managing in-person socializing, academic expectations and changing COVID-19 guidance has given rise to anxiety and other mental health challenges.

“This is uncharted territory for a lot of adults, let alone kids. None of us have lived through a pandemic. There [are] very few experts on how to manage children in the type of situation that we’re surviving through,” said Danielle Kowalski, the clinical supervisor for inpatient psychiatry at Ellis Hospital. “We see an increase in anxiety, depression, those types of things.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between March and May of last year, hospitals in the United States saw a 24% increase in the number of mental health emergency visits by kids aged 5 to 11 years old and a 31% increase for kids 12 to 17.

Earlier this summer, Ellis opened a new child, adolescent and family mental health center to help with the growing demand for mental health services across the Capital Region. It couldn’t come a moment too soon either as the waitlist for local adolescent mental health services can reach into the hundreds, according to Kowalski.
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