The global COVID-19 crisis could pave the way for teletherapy to become more widespread among school mental health systems, adolescent mental health experts say.
Many students with existing therapy needs are seeking therapy via phone or online platforms, and social distancing and isolation orders have prompted others to seek counseling for new feelings of sadness and anxiety.
Student mental health experts and district leaders held a webinar, sponsored by Kognito, to highlight some of the virtual practices educators can put into place to support students through a range of emotions during quarantines and state-mandated distance learning.
“This could be the impetus for transformation in our healthcare system, and specifically in our school mental health system as well,” says Sharon Hoover, Ph.D, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health, adding that the global pandemic could urge the system to move forward in its acceptance of telehealth.
Student emotions and mental health needs run the gamut.
While there isn’t much hard data yet to help mental health experts assess the pandemic’s true impact on student mental health, experts can draw some conclusions based on what they know about adolescent mental health in general in the context of a crisis, combined with what school professional are reporting.