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Are Schools Prepared To Address Kids' Mental Health Needs After Reopening?

As states debate reopening schools, some child psychologists are expressing another worry— that schools won't be prepared to deal with kids' mental trauma when they do go back. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
As states debate reopening schools, some child psychologists are expressing another worry— that schools won't be prepared to deal with kids' mental trauma when they do go back. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

As states debate reopening schools, some child psychologists are expressing another worry— that schools won’t be prepared to deal with kids’ mental trauma when they do go back.

Fear, the loss of relatives, trauma and abuse are among the issues children might be dealing with.

Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesiteaches at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She worries that in their rush to get kids into classrooms school officials are overlooking what could be a mental health crisis in their students. She discusses the issue with host Robin Young.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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