Given all the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic – from isolation to limited job opportunities – the need for supports to address mental health issues seems likely to increase.
Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do
America’s teens and young adults have a crucial role in containing the spread of COVID-19, but a series of youth surveys suggests that many misunderstand social distancing guidelines and want clearer advice on how to safely live their lives.
As she walks around Target, Kayla McManus-Viana, an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, feels like something is crushing her chest. Her fingers fidget, she says, as she sees all of the customers without masks.
It is natural to want to give advice, but make sure the power is in their hands. Give advice when it is asked for. Giving advice is okay, but the way it is framed is crucial. Don’t make it seem as if you are giving them orders. Instead, offer suggestions for what they could do next.