Parents of Kids Under 18 May Be in a "Mental Health Crisis" Due to COVID-19

According toThe New York Times, a number of studies say that parents are feeling emotionally stressed since the pandemic began. In April and May, parents of children under 18 were found to be more stressed than non-parents, according to the American Psychological Association. The University of Oregon’s RAPID-EC survey likewise discovered that parents of small children are even more stressed; about 63 percent of parents say they lost emotional support since the pandemic started. Yet another study by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education says 61 percent of Massachusetts parents of 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds agreed that they were “nervous, anxious, or on edge” because of the pandemic. “This is a chronic destabilizing force to our lives, and to families and parents and children,” says Pooja Lakshmin, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry. “We need to be treating this as a mental health crisis, and one that does not have an end we can see.” Financial problems seem to aggravate the distress that parents are feeling. Experts suggest bolstering your mental health through therapy, exercise, emotional connections, and finding new meaning in parenthood by doing new activities together with your kids.Read more here