The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health

“We’ve truly appreciated the opportunity to share Blake Works’ program with our attorneys and staff. This valuable resource has provided them with practical guidance that can be applied in our current circumstance and across the parenting journey.”

Kristin Leary

Chief Talent & Equity Officer

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

The Need

With hundreds of millions of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, we enjoy more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, mental health experts remind us that uncertainty and disruption to routines over the past year has worsened the mental health of millions of children. How we choose to support our parents, schools and communities through the re-entry process will help determine the long-term impact on children and their families.

The Program: The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health

Blake Works has created The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health, a series of three professionally produced 20-minute video episodes, in which children and parents (preschoolers, elementary/middle schoolers and teens) candidly describe their pandemic experiences. Mental health experts from Massachusetts General Hospital offer proven strategies for building resilience and supporting children during and after the pandemic.

In the newly introduced Quick Takes portion of our online program, children, parents and teachers describe hopes and concerns about pandemic re-entry. Mental health experts offer clear guidance on how to help navigate this transition. “Children will be more resilient if we pre-process with them how life in this transition will feel different,” says our program advisor, Dr. Paula K. Rauch, a Massachusetts General Hospital child psychiatrist.

Organizations licensing the program receive a code, which allows them access to the program from Blake Works’ website. Blake Works founder Jeanne Blake is facilitating group conversations in companies and communities about topics raised in the program and the pandemic re-entry. Each episode includes downloadable Tips and Strategies, which adults can use to start vital conversations with children.

 

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.”

Licensing fees

500 or fewer employees: $3,500/12 months; More than 500 employees: Contact us for information.

Special licensing opportunity for schools     

Blake Works received an anonymous gift allowing us to offer schools our program for 50% off our standard licensing fee. For special pricing for school districts contact us at info@blakeworks.com.

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.

President, CEO

Anika Therapeutics

“Since the start of the pandemic, the City of Revere has been in emergency response mode. As we look back on the last year and a half, we must pause and reflect on the mental health impact our community is facing and determine what measures we can take to address it. As leaders we must combat the mental health toll this pandemic has spotlighted – it is integral to our recovery efforts. Blake Works' program is one tool that we are using in this important process.”

Mayor Brian Arrigo

City of Revere, Massachusetts

 

“The videos in The Pandemic and Kids Mental Health offer all adults the language and context they need to support kids throughout the year. It’s particularly digestible information.” 

Casey Ngo-Miller

Deputy Superintendent for Student Services

The Public Schools of Brookline

Blake Works’ program is a powerful catalyst for talking with kids. It’s critically important for children to discuss emotions and issues that arose during the pandemic. Left unprocessed, these feelings can lead to significant  long-term issues. We can all benefit from the guidance offered in this program.” 

Herb W. Levine, PhD, Superintendent, Peabody/Salem Schools (ret)

Executive Director, NE Association of School Superintendents (ret) 

 

“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

“In The Pandemic and Kids' Mental Health, children describe how openly expressing their feelings frees them up emotionally. The mental health experts help us learn to start important conversations to support children as they face pandemic re-entry, re-connect with friends, and self-regulate their own emotions. This valuable tool can bring groups of parents together to learn proven strategies that will help them address and discuss issues in their own children."

James Marini

Former Interim Superintendent of Schools

Brookline, MA

“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

“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.” 

Jen, CEO

Mother of four

“It’s a relief to learn by viewing The Pandemic and Kids’ Mental Health that other families are going through similar things we are. I appreciate the excellent strategies for talking with kids. My oldest child is experiencing a lot of anxiety. Now I find that simple conversations help allay her worries.”

Mike, Engineer

Father of two