Dr Jon Goldin on the coronavirus and child mental health

25 Mar 2020, 2:29 p.m.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Jon Goldin Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital sat down with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) Podcasts to discuss child mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic."I think it’s a very difficult time for young people, it’s a very difficult time for us all. It’s quite normal to be anxious about the coronavirus pandemic and I think it’s important to be honest about that. For children who are already feeling anxious anyway this is going to be exacerbated by what’s going on but I do think it’s important to normalise the feelings of anxiety that are around. When adults are talking to young people say ‘yes, I am also feeling a bit anxious.’ But also try not to get things out of perspective.”

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Jon Goldin Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital sat down with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) Podcasts to discuss child mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the 30-minute podcast, Dr Goldin shares advice and tips on how parents can support their child through this challenging time and how the ongoing situation may be affect children who already experience anxiety. Listen here:

An update from Dr Goldin, given in October 2020:

"A great deal has happened in the world since I did this podcast back on March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the world and impacted significantly on all our lives. Guidance such as that from the WHO on wearing masks has changed and masks are now seen as a key way of limiting the spread of this virus. We are now being encouraged to wear them when in close contact with others, particularly in enclosed spaces such as shops. 

"Students have missed a great deal of school, which has had a significant impact on them educationally and socially. Surveys have suggested that the pandemic has contributed to an increase in depression and anxiety amongst young people but the picture is somewhat mixed and many have adapted very well."

You can also listen to this podcast on the following platforms; SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, CastBox, Deezer, Google Podcasts and Radio.com

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