It has been called a “pandemic within a pandemic.” The unprecedented mental health issues children continue battling during the age of COVID-19.
It has left desperate parents looking for answers, but that help can be hard to come by. Psychiatric units are overflowing, and the worst may not be over.
Julie Barrett’s daughter started struggling soon after the coronavirus pandemic closed down her school last March. Now, 377 days later, the 14-year-old hit a breaking point. “She was out on the street saying she was gonna kill herself, that she just wanted to die,” said Barrett, who is a mother of four. “She wanted to be left there to die.” The teen, who has a love for music and her friends, went to a regular church meeting that night. All seemed well until Barrett got a call that her daughter was in the midst of a mental breakdown.