The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health
“Watching these stories, I felt less alone in my experience as a mom in the pandemic. And I have a new understanding of what my children are feeling. There’s something in each story I relate to.”
Laura, Healthcare researcher
Mother of three
COVID-19 vaccinations are underway. Many people are talking about the light at the end of the tunnel. However, many experts predict that the end of the pandemic will be gradual – not a quick flip of a switch.
We recently conducted a survey of adults in Massachusetts. Our findings are consistent with other recent state-wide and national surveys. Most adults expressed anxiety and concern as children transition back to in-school learning. It’s likely children, too, despite their need for connection, will struggle in the challenging months ahead. As Dr. Paula K. Rauch, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital says, “Children will be more resilient if we pre-process with them how life during this transition will feel different to them.”
Our Program: The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health
Blake Works created The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health, a series of three professionally produced 20-minute video episodes addressing issues affecting families with preschoolers, preteens and teens. Episodes include interviews with parents and children from diverse backgrounds. In conversations with Blake Works' founder Jeanne Blake, mental health experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, including Dr. Rauch, frame issues facing families and offer proven strategies building resilience and supporting children during and after the pandemic.
Each episode includes downloadable Tips and Strategies, which adults can use to start vital conversations with children. Dr. Rauch is our program advisor.
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders, says this about Blake Works’ program: “I really worry for kids. Your program is an opportunity to talk about resilience.” Practical strategies are proven to build resilience.
Licensing fees: 500 or fewer employees: $3,500/12 months; More than 500 employees: Contact us for information.
Special licensing opportunity for public and independent schools
Blake Works received an anonymous gift allowing us to offer our program for 50% off our standard licensing fees to public and independent schools.
Each organization licensing the series receives a unique code to access the program from Blake Works’ website.
Jeanne Blake is available to facilitate group conversations about issues raised in the program and parents’ challenges and successes in supporting children's resilience.
What Leaders are Saying About The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health
“These videos are must-viewing for all employees. They offer strategies for responding to kids’ needs. When family stress is reduced, parents can be more present and focused at work. These videos offer employees without children a clearer understanding of the challenges facing parents, creating more supportive colleagues and managers. We can all have a positive impact on the children in our lives.”
Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D.
“The authenticity, challenges, and hopefulness captured in Blake Works’ The Pandemic and Kids’ Mental Health inspired our families to honestly share their own pandemic experiences in “watch parties” we held which featured the videos. Families gained tools they can use to support children now and in the future. We’re grateful for this resource, which adds structure, energy, and richness to our ongoing dialogue with families.”
Allison D. Webster
Head of School
Dedham Country Day School
“Where did you find these amazing kids who discuss their feelings so well!? I see my own kids in the episodes. The best part is the concrete advice from doctors. Great job organizing the discussion of problem vs. concrete advice in the interviews.”
Mother of four
“It’s great to understand other families experience issues we are. My oldest child gets anxious if we forget our masks or leave the house. Now I understand simple conversations helps allay this anxiety. The section on the impact to parents was also helpful. We want to maintain pre-Covid output. Acknowledging this causes stress – and working to relieve this – is a good path forward."
Father of two