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60 Minutes recently called mental health the “second pandemic” and crisis that will follow all of the problems from COVID-19.  The prolonged effects of phyiscal distancing, along with our youth being disconnected from critical social support and normal everyday life, has already taken a toll on their mental health and safety. This has triggered alarming levels of reported trauma, substance use, relapse, psychological issues and an increased call volume to suicide and other emergency crisis hotlines.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Noon EST, 11:00 CST, 10:00 MST and 9:00 PST

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Consequently, there's no way of knowing what the long-term emotional effects of living through it will really be on families.

One thing we do know, however, is that the incidence of mental health increases when there are traumatic events in our life, especially during childhood. But, unlike many other stressful events in our life, this one is ongoing and open-ended. There is no end point to it. The longer it continues, with little to no light at the end of the tunnel, the more likely stress will build up over time - creating a perfect storm for negative emotional, mental and behavioral reactions from any one of us, including kids. 

We have to approach our current situation with kids and families differently from other traumatic events because never before have we experienced an event like this with no end in sight.


Expertise, Experience and Impact

notMYkid provides children and families with lifesaving programs, support, resources and education. Their mission for the past two decades has been to empower and educate youth, parents, schools, workplaces and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior. Their impact is far-reaching having served over 2 million individuals and reaching 75,000 annually through their national programs.

Kristen Polin is the Chief Executive Officer at notMYkid where she leads a dynamic team of 20 full and part-time staff that are administering and delivering high impact programs designed to inspire and empower youth and families. She also specializes in behavioral health training and education for emergency responders and behavioral health providers and provides seminars for law enforcement, school districts, parents and the business community. 

Shane Watson is the Public Information Officer for notMYkid and is host of their Win This Year podcast. He also facilitates suicide intervention workshops and performs prevention education presentations for students, parents, school faculty, community members and corporations. He’s also made over 100 local and national media appearances, including TV interviews on the Today Show, Good Day NY, and Kansas City Live.

Joronda Montano is the Chief of Programs at notMYkid. For the past 13 years she has worked as a professional Preventionist spending the last three years developing strategic plans, training coalitions and writing and reviewing federal grants. She has broad experience in working with diverse communities worldwide, traveling to 13 different countries on 5 different continents. She is also a master level Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer.

#1 Webinar Promise

Know the warning signs of depression, anxiety and self-harm and understand trauma and the spectrum of a normal stress response to crisis.

#2 Webinar Promise

Know when and how to take action to a crisis situation by learning a solutions-focused approach.

#3 Webinar Promise

Identify ways to implement an effective prevention plan with your students, parents and maybe even your own family during these challenging times.


Equip Yourself with the Best Information and Tools

The sudden loss of all things normal can be incredibly destabilizing for kids right now. A child's environment can stabilize his or her life. But an environment filled with uncertainty and drastic departures from routine can leave them reeling and increase emotional distress and behavioral disruption. The lack of structure and normalcy can overwhelm their already-limited coping skills.

The daily support systems many kids depended on to thrive and survive has also been disrupted and disbanded during this pandemic. Peers and adults who serve as positive role models, mentors, coaches, cheerleaders and counselors to kids outside of their homes every day are void or limited. An increase number of kids report feeling more isolated and deserted right now leading to added emotional and mental stress.

We ALL need to be well equipped with the best information and tools so we can best care for our students, but also ourselves and our loved ones. Doing so may just prevent a second pandemic - a mental health crisis.




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