Experts give advice on how to improve children's mental health amid pandemic

Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 06:55:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The ongoing pandemic is also taking a toll on mental health, but how can parents tell the difference between COVID-19 fatigue and depression in their kids?

Experts suggest parents watch for withdrawal, increase in sleep, change in appetite and overall irritability.

So how can you help? First: stay active. Also, try focusing on others and reminding your kids that the pandemic will pass.

Experts also suggest giving some grace on grades during this time. If your child is threatening suicide or self-harm, it's time to call in back-up.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has a dedicated list of community service providers for support. For more information, click here.