May 27, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy physical toll on the country. But there is also a concern about the long-term effects of the pandemic on the mental health of first responders, families and especially children. Dr. Jennifer Havens, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at NYU Langone Health, joined Errol to discuss how the pandemic is leading to increased anxiety and depression across all young ages, how concerned parents can spot symptoms and the urgent need for access to affordable care, especially in minority communities. This comes amid an already existing children’s mental health crisis and high suicide rates. She also talks about the rise of telehealth and telepsychiatry as a response to the pandemic.