Telehealth companies look to support schools during children’s mental health national emergency

After almost two years of lockdowns, in-person learning restrictions and a host of other negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic , the American Academy of Pediatrics declared children’s mental health a national emergency in October. School districts across the country are reporting students of all ages are having increased learning and behavioral difficulties in the classroom related to stressors caused by pandemic-related factors. “The pandemic has hit our children hard, and it’s manifesting into increased fights, particularly in the middle school population, increased complaints of belly aches and headaches in our younger kids, which typically masks mental health concerns,” said Dr. Travis Gayles, the chief health officer for Hazel Health. “And in older students we are starting to see more disconnection from the activities they typically enjoy.”

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