NEW YORK (WWTI) – The New York State Office of Mental Health has created a ‘Back to School 2021’ video series who are available to help parents, guardians and students prepare for the new school year.
The OMH surveyed hundreds of New York City children and families to find out what might be causing anxiety and worry ahead of this school year and decide what the videos should focus on. According to a press release from the OMH, the videos will help children and parents cope with the stress and other issues caused by the pandemic over the past 18 months.
OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said the videos are here to help after a difficult year and a half that students and parents have faced.
“This has been an extremely trying year for the students of New York City and for their parents. Some students have not been to class for 18 months. Others had to juggle blended learning, ”Sullivan said. “It has been a time of extreme sacrifice and now, as we prepare to enter the 2021, 2022 school year, we want parents and students to know that we are here to support you and your mental health. . “
The videos are available on YouTube and focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and adolescents, ways for students to support themselves and others, how to get help when they need it. need, age-specific information on promoting mental well-being in children from birth to adulthood and an overview of the Crisis Text Line, a national crisis counseling service via SMS.
The videos will also offer additional resources that have been compiled by the Office of Mental Health, including resilience tips for New Yorkers, conversation starters for checking on someone’s mental health, brochures on health support. Children’s emotional development by age group and NY Project Hope resources for teens, parents and young children.