Anxiety In Teens, Kids Side Effect Of Coronavirus Pandemic

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 06: A girl swings at re-opened playground during the coronavirus crisis on May 06, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

We talk a lot about the anxieties we’re facing with life during the pandemic, but what about our kids?

There’s plenty of concern among health professionals over their welfare.

Kids are not in school. They aren’t playing on the street or the playground.

They’re hidden.

"I think when you think about adolescents, teens, children and mental health, it’s really kind of the issue hiding in plain sight," MindBody Medicine VP Bryce Williams told KCBS Radio.

At a certain age, Williams said kids already have certain issues to face, now magnified by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Particularly for teens and adolescents, they have even less focus and control for how to deal with it," Williams said. "We all can kind of deal with our schedule, we can get in a car, we can do x number of things as adults that most children and teens can’t do. So not only do they face kind of all the challenges of having their world upended, but they have less ability in many cases to kind of influence the environment they’re now in."

Williams pointed to Blue Shield of California’s "BlueSky" program already focusing on adolescents, now quickly pivoting to deal directly with kids’ mental health.

The thousands of online counseling sessions are currently part of the bluesky pilot program, which have taken place in Alameda and San Diego counties.