COVID-19: How Young People Use Digital Media to Manage Their Mental Health

Common Sense Media reports, “Teens and young adults will require tools and support for their mental health as they come out of the pandemic and reenter the classroom and the world. Mental health is a fundamental aspect of building and sustaining a healthy digital ecosystem. The Digital Health, Social Media and Depression report is a review of how teens and young adults are leveraging social media and digital tools to access health and mental health information and communities.”
Watch this short video below to learn more and hear directly from teens on this important mental health topic!

 

 

Student Resources for Stress and Anxiety Regarding COVID-19

The Casco Ban CAN website has a list of Hot Topics, including a resource page dedicated to support during COVID-19. We have compiled and are sharing a list of resources for families, counselors, educators, and other community members, to help address the additional pressures, stresses, and changes our youth are encountering during this challenging time.

If you are interested to learn more, including helpful apps that teens can use, click here: https://www.cascobaycan.org/covid-19-support/

Thank You Casco Bay Region Teens!

Members of the community express their thanks to Casco Bay region teens, who are doing their part to keep their community safe and healthy. These times have been particularly difficult for kids as they haven’t been able to attend school, participate in events with their friends, or explore their world in new and exciting ways – all of the things that teens love. Casco Bay CAN Coalition members recognize how strong/resilient youth are and we thank them!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021!

Dr. John Duffy Hosts Virtual Forum

Thank you to Dr. John Duffy who helped us host a virtual community forum held on September 24th. The author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress. No video is available for this session, so take a listen!

 

 

 

 

Teenagers: Risk-Taking During Reopening

From the Child Mind Institute, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle hosts a discussion between Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Social Worker Kathryn Lige.

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 4:30pm

The panelists outline the adolescent brain’s propensity for risk-taking and impulsivity and how those behaviors converge with the coronavirus, social isolation, and the gradual reopening of society, and how parents can empathize with their children while promoting safety.

Sign up and learn more here

 

COVID-19 Resources

As we all deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember the additional stress it places on our youth. We have compiled and are sharing a list of resources for families, counselors, educators, and other community members, to help address the additional pressures, stresses, and changes our youth are encountering during this challenging time.

Research shows that youth turn to substances for a number of reasons — stress, loneliness, and periods of transitions are some of the leading causes that can trigger unhealthy choices. We know you are concerned about keeping children safe and healthy, we will continue to add to these tools and resources, so please check back often.

View our helpful resources here: https://www.cascobaycan.org/covid-19-support/

Co-Parenting in a Pandemic

Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, Anxiety and Children most recent podcast episode highlights tips for co-parenting in a pandemic. Children feel our stress, so let’s help and support our kids the best way we can!

Co-Parenting In A Pandemic: How to Find a Better Balance

 

 

Help Youth Connect During COVID-19

These Questions Can Help You Connect (Even When You’re Apart)! Great questions from The Greater Good Science Center to help youth stay in touch during COVID-19.

 

 

Apps to Help with Mental Health

Obviously, for tweens and teens in crisis, there’s no substitute for face-to-face intervention and professional help. However, since phones are tools most teens use, they can offer timely resources and help for those who need it. Aside from general health apps, these tools focus specifically on coping with anxiety, depression, and specific difficult circumstances via meditation, connection, and other techniques.

View the list of apps by age here!

Apps to Help with Mental Health

The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for many of us, especially for our youth! Learn more about helpful mental health apps here.