Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

It’s been over a year now since the outbreak of COVID-19 locked us down amidst a pandemic. We were hopeful it would be short-lived and things would return to “normal”, but unfortunately, that was not our reality and now a year later, we’re seeing and experiencing the impact over several different areas of our lives, including our mental health. Our children have not been immune to the mental health impact either, as schools have remained closed and now some are opening under different circumstances. So what can we do to address this impact and mediate some of the potential challenges that students are experiencing?

Elementary Lesson

"Kids Share How They’re Coping During COVID-19"

Instructions: Watch the video (2 minutes and 25 seconds long) and have your students answer the following questions:

  1. There are many kids in this video that share some of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Did any of them share something that you agreed with or experienced yourself?

  2. How has COVID-19 and social distancing made you feel?

  3. What are some things that you’ve done during virtual learning that have helped you feel better, less bored, or less lonely?

  4. Who can you talk to that will help you find ways to feel better?

Secondary Lesson

"Teens Talk about Mental Health During the Pandemic"

Instructions: Watch the video (4 minutes and 16 seconds long) and have your students answer the following questions:

  1. What stood out to you in all the things that these teens shared?

  2. What has your Covid experience been like?

  3. How has it affected your mental health? Have you felt any more depressed? Anxious? Lonely? Scared?

  4. What are some things you’ve done (or can do) to protect your mental health?

  5. Who can you turn to when you need support?