May 8, 2020

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan tackle the issue of Mental Health in the time of Coronavirus. Later, we bring you Part 2 of an earlier interview with Covenant House Georgia.

It's hard enough being a teenager on a good day. There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 -- at least not one that seniors were expecting. Prom is canceled, too.

As the weeks of stay-at-home orders and school closures continue nationwide, parents are questioning whether the shelter at home measures and physical distancing are doing lasting damage to their kids' emotional development.

Will this generation grow up fearful of touching or standing too close? Will they know how to make friends or interact in group gatherings? And how will it affect their education and career prospects?

May 7th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is observed each year to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and how vital positive mental health is to a child's development.

School routines are important coping mechanisms for young people with mental health issues. When schools are closed, they lose an anchor in life and their symptoms could relapse.

High-income families have the means and habits to make up for school closures. But low-income families will face more stress and have less access to resources. Research shows economic downturns are linked with a host of bad outcomes that hit vulnerable families hardest.

Hunting Teddy Bears
Hunting Teddy Bears

Let’s take a break to look on the lighter side…

Children Are Hunting Teddy Bears During the Coronavirus Outbreak

See that stuffed animal in the window? It’s part of a game meant to entertain children (and adults) during a prolonged period of lockdowns and social distancing. How many can you spot?

Children (and adults) around the world are playing a game in which they see how many stuffed bears they can find perched in windows.

The game is being played in countries around the world, from Australia to Japan to the United States. It’s like a scavenger hunt suited for social distancing: People put teddy bears and other stuffed animals in windows, on porches, in trees and on parked cars. Then, children go for walks or drives with their families and try to spot as many as they can. Now, she says kids are roaming the neighborhood in full safari outfits, binoculars included. People use social media to track sightings.

This brings us to Part 2 of an earlier interview we did with Covenant House Georgia…

The Covenant House mission is to serve the suffering children of the street with absolute respect and unconditional love. They empower them to finish high school, start college, gain employment, live independently, and ultimately step out into the world knowing they are prepared to be successful.

For over 40 years, Covenant House has sheltered and cared for these young people – now standing as a powerful human rights movement for homeless and trafficked youth. Their international work to fight youth homelessness spans 31 cities across 6 countries in the Americas. Covenant House's network of youth shelters provides refuge for homeless, abused and trafficked kids – and the long-term support they need to heal.

UPDATE: “How can we help you?” It’s the first question they usually ask as Covenant House. Since COVID-19, they now ask every youth who comes through our doors: Have you been near anyone sick and how do you feel right now? Today they temperature-check every youth at intake, isolate those with symptoms, provide them with masks, gloves, medical attention, and love. COVID-19 adds new layers of needs that cannot wait.

While the rest of the world closes, they open their arms wider to protect endangered youth.

Today, Bev visits Covenant House Georgia and talks with Dr. Alie Redd, Executive Director and Regina Jennings, Director of Support Services.