Stress and anxiety rates have skyrocketed in the last 18 months due to the pandemic. According to a CBC report, the main concern among educators is not the long gap or loss in academic performance but 90% of the teachers are concerned about the mental health of their students and peers. Anxiety levels in youth and children were already high pre- pandemic, but the effects of Covid-19 have just compounded these issues further.
Dr. Shimi Kang states that some of the mental health issue trends that are on a rise with children and youth are:
Social anxiety : after spending months behind screens and masks, children are anxious to assimilate back into a social environment and build skills of confidence, setting healthy boundaries and engaging in open communication.
Technology addiction : Heavy reliance on technology to stay occupied through gaming and social media, stay connected socially with their friends, access their schoolwork have further exacerbated the issue of increased screen time – leading to problems such lack of control, distorted self-image due to social media, acting out/aggression when boundaries are being set, depression and isolation as they withdraw socially.
Hyper sociability & Substance Use: Is an increasing trend in adolescents where they want to socialize more than before, and this has been found to lead to increased alcohol and drug abuse.
Increased awareness and acceptance around mental health crises lately, has led to an unprecedented increase in demand for these services. The system is overwhelmed and translates into long wait times for therapists to see children and youth in these crises.
CBC News early last year reported that the Canadian Mental Health Association estimated an average wait time for certain kinds of mental health services to be stretched for several months to a year or more.
To meet this need Dr. Shimi Kang and her team at Dolphin Kids have recently expanded their offerings to include Counselling services geared towards children, youth, and their families. What makes this service unique is that all the counsellors work with collaborative support from a psychiatrist, Dr. Shimi Kang herself who has been in the field for almost 20 years.
So how could counselling help your child and when is a good time to seek help?
If you feel you need additional support to help your child and family navigate through some Emotional – Mental Health challenges, our team of multidisciplinary and multi-linguistic counsellors are here to help. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.dolphinkids.ca