Akron documentary, panel addresses mental health among children, youth|Betty Lin-Fisher

Lena Weib

Much has been discussed about the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on everyone’s mental health. 

But a big worry is specifically for the mental health of children and youth, who lost out on in-person school and social activities and development.  

COVID stresses:‘Invisible backpack’ of pandemic stress weighs down Ohio students, causing behavior issues

While some districts returned to the classroom after several months of school remotely, some districts like Akron Public Schools stayed out for a year. 

District officials and even parents in a survey sent by the district asking about their concerns from the pandemic answered prevailingly that their concerns were about students’ social skills, abilities to cope emotionally and their mental health. 

Return to school:‘They’ve got to get used to school again’ — Akron schools grades 3-12 return to buildings

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