The isolation and stress of COVID-19 have exacerbated a preexisting upward trend in serious mental health problems in those under 18.
Crisis counseling demands that practitioners become comfortable with the uncomfortable, ensuring safety while creating a nonjudgmental space for clients to share their most distressing thoughts and emotions.
Trauma doesn’t have to revolve around a large-scale, life-shattering event to have a profound and negative effect on clients’ mental health.
Those who are part of communities across the BIPOC spectrum face increased oppression and unique challenges because of the intersection of their cultural and LGBTQ+ identities.
Counselors are trying to help young clients who may not know how to talk about or even recognize the myriad ways the pandemic is affecting them.