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Depression Is On The Rise: But Wait, There Is Hope!

The COVID crisis has created serious mental health challenges analogous to anxiety, depression, and our emotional well-being. There has been a loss of daily routine or what we now refer to as the "new normal." In addition to the physical adjustments of wearing masks and social distancing, there is social isolation and loneliness. We are bombarded with news, rumors, and misinformation from various angles that can make us feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and unsettled about what to do with the information we receive.

For parents, there is the additional layer of concern for protecting our children and determining the best course of action to take in providing for their well-being. How will the long term affects of the pandemic affect our children's development, resilience, and their ability to cope? Will their resilience increase or will they experience some sense of trauma and be overly cautious in the future?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates "that 2% of elementary-school-age children and 8% of adolescents suffer from a major depression " (National Alliance on Mental Illness (PDF).) Mental illness "affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood." These conditions intensely influence a person's life every day and their a ability to relate to others. The most important thing to know is that you are not alone. (Mental Health Conditions)