Parents Anonymous® is Providing Mental Support for Families
By: Whitegate PR INC
"Since March, schools and daycares have been closed and children have been socially distancing and banned from other extracurricular activities. This disconnect from peers will certainly have an impact on a child psyche," says Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, ACHT, ACSW and President and CEO at Parents Anonymous®. "Many schools will likely not reopen come fall due to the virus, with Los Angeles and San Diego School Districts announcing just days ago only online learning until January 2021 at least. This is causing much stress among parents."
Even though school is out for the summer, parents are worried did their children get enough learning to be prepared to advance to the next grade.
If schools do reopen come Fall, parents are nervous about their children being in close quarters with others. What if someone gets sick and the school closes? How will I continue to work if remote learning is enforced again? These uncertainties can cause great stress on parents.
Dr. Lisa says, "We here at California Youth and Parent Helpline are the first responders helping people through the ongoing emotional crisis happening from COVID. We are the only statewide parent and youth helpline where you can talk one on one with a therapist for free."
Here are a few key points to remember:
· Adults need to do check in with their own feelings first.
· Many children are experiencing unprecedented fear because of the pandemic which turns into various forms of anxiety and depression.
· If remote learning is enforced come fall, parents must embrace this whole-heartedly in order to keep children engaged and connected with one another.
· Continue to connect safely with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors and always social distance, wear a face covering, wash your and each child's hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds and remember: Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength®!
The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Now you can Call, text, and Chat in any language with a trained Helpline Advocate. You can JOIN AN ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP NOW: 855-427-2736 or email: info@CAParentYouthHelpline.org and https://parentsanonymous.org/