What is it about?

This commentary suggests that we need to consider actions at different levels to support children's mental health in the pandemic. We can consider interventions that help individual children directly, policies that support parents and families, or community-based resources. Understanding the unique needs of different communities, some of whom have been more affected than others, and building interventions at different levels are both important.

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Why is it important?

The pandemic's negative mental health impact on children and youth is a public health challenge.

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I hope that readers will take a more systemic and multi-level approach to think about risk and resilience for children's mental health.

Archana Basu
Harvard University

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This page is a summary of: Shifting from survival to supporting resilience in children and families in the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons for informing U.S. mental health priorities., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, August 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tra0000781.
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