Tallahassee social workers: Parents should monitor children's mental health amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 18:26:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Mental health problems affect one in six children and challenges like a pandemic only increase that pressure.

The Rebound Tallahassee is helping families manage that pressure.

Local social workers want parents to know the warning signs to watch for and how families can cope.

"I think there's always a concern when there's an ongoing stressful, uncertain situation," said Heather Lincicome, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

"I don't even consider it a job," Lincicome said. "I consider it a life passion."

She helps kids and their families cope with the stress of coronavirus at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, where more and more are turning for help with the stress of the pandemic.

"It's mostly reaction to the stress of the uncertainty of the pandemic," said Lincicome.

There are red flags and warning signs to look out for.

"Withdrawing, not interested in usual activities," Lincicome said. "More anxious, worried or sad."

So what can parents do?

"Try to be as patient and empathetic as possible," said Lincicome.

Don't forget about yourself.

"It's imperative that parents take care of themselves because kids take cues from their parents," Lincicome said.

So make time to exercise, meditate, or go for walks.

And if you need professional help, don't forget, telemedicine is available for more and more people.

"It's new for all of us, so I think we're all adjusting," said Lincicome.

There are many mental health resources available for parents and their kids. Click here to access TMH's telemedicine site.

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