Children and teens are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Some may experience mental health symptoms like anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating or following the rules, increasing substance use, or even suicidal thoughts. 

These tips can help you recognize these issues and know how to help support your kids and your friends through these difficult times. 

Your pediatrician can help you decide when things get to the point of needing professional help. Many of our Rhode Island therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are also seeing patients virtually during the pandemic. 

You can also call the RI Kidslink hotline at 1-855-543-5465 for advice and referrals.