JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Children and youth have been significantly emotionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to mental health experts.

Many children are attempting to cope with the stress of the global crisis, on top of school changes, social restrictions, and families struggling economically. Children are seeing and listening, trying to understand, adjust and cope in this confusing and challenging environment.

To help parents, caregivers, teachers, and youth process this emotional turmoil, Frontier Health on Thursday presented a Zoom event called “How to Help Children Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The online event hoped to allow the community to learn how this pandemic may affect children’s emotions and behaviours.

Experts offered the following tips on coping with the stress of this major public health crisis and what resources are available for families: