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Child Help Partnership To Assess Covid-19 Mental Health Impact On Nyc School Children

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Assessment Will Help Identify Types and Severity of Responses in Children and Address Severe Reactions in the Most Vulnerable Children

QUEENS, N.Y. - eTradeWire -- Child HELP Partnership (CHP) at St. John's University, the team that provided mental health care & training to families & providers after 9/11 & Hurricane Sandy, will begin an assessment of the COVID-19-related mental health needs of New York City school children & families. This assessment, co-sponsored by Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, will provide critical information that will predict mental health needs immediately & over the long term.

CHP will survey children in grades 4-12, along with their caregivers, throughout the five boroughs, oversampling youth with specific risk factors (e.g., demographics, having caregivers in essential jobs, income level).

"We know from scientific evidence worldwide & our own research that children's mental health consequences of COVID-19 will range from mild to severe," said Dr. Elissa Brown, Professor of Psychology at St. John's University & Executive Director of CHIP. "Steps can be taken now to minimize the mental health impact on all children & address severe reactions in the most vulnerable children."

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Based on prior research surveying thousands of children after 9/11, the CHP team designed a COVID-19 targeted survey package, to be completed online, that includes a virus-specific measure & mental health assessment tool for children & caregivers. The survey, translated into seven languages, includes:

·       A COVID-19 specific questionnaire addressing 1) personal impact of COVID-19; 2) pre-COVID-19 mental health functioning; & 3) known risk factors for developing mental health problems following pandemics & other forms of trauma.

·       Screening for the most common post trauma problems:  PTSD, depression, anxiety & risky behavior.

The survey will yield a mapping for the most cost-effective ways to deploy mental health resources by targeting the communities & children according to need.

"There is substantial trauma & mental health impacts on families across Queens from the COVID-19 pandemic. We're pleased to commission & co-sponsor this critical, timely assessment by Child HELP Partnership at St. John's University. The information gathered from this study will help shape Queens' road to recovery & rebuild" said Queens Borough President Sharon Lee.

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Queens parents with children age 11-17 are invited to participate by accessing the survey directly through this link (https://stjohns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebxQ2Iaj3RK3TzD).

CHP at St. John's University is currently providing free trauma & grief interventions for children & families affected by COVID-19, as well as training & workshops for clergy, educators & mental health professionals.  For more information, please contact (718) 990-2367 or visit http://www.childhelppartnership.org.

Dr. Elissa Brown

Source: Child HELP Partnership
Filed Under: Non-profit, COVID

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