One Year Later: Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 - Shrinking It Down | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

One Year Later: Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: COVID-19 + Family Mental Health, Stress

During the pandemic, many kids across the country have been doing most or all of their schooling online. But now, a year later, many communities are finally finding ways to bring kids back to school, in person. While it’s largely agreed on that in-person schooling is critical for child and teen positive mental health and social-emotional development, going back comes with new concerns and COVID-19 anxiety for kids, parents, and teachers alike.

In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah share insights from their clinical practice as child psychiatrists on supporting the mental health of your family with some of these mid-year “back-to-school” challenges.

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have anxieties or concerns about sending your kids back to school during Covid? We’d love to know. Write to us!

Read more on our blog for a summary of this episode.

Media List (follow along with the conversation)


If you or someone you know is in distress and needs support, connect with a crisis counselor 24/7:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
  • Text “HOME” to 741741 (US/Canada). UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808. (Crisis Text Line)


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Music by Gene Beresin

Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

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Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a ...

To learn more about Gene, or to contact him directly, please see Our Team.

Khadijah Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, Associate Director

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and...

To learn more about Khadijah, or to contact her directly, please see Our Team.