Teens and the Pandemic Blues

Washington state youth have been home since mid-March, due to both school closures and the stay-home order. During this time, teen clients have gone from generally unaffected by the coronavirus crisis, to mildly restless, to chronically bored, lonely, and lethargic. In other words, these teens have the Pandemic Blues.

Even with the stay-home order scheduled for a phased ending over the next few months, summer plans are not likely to include family trips, overnight camps, or social activities. That means the Pandemic Blues are here to stay – at least for a while.

In this online training, we will explore strategies to help decrease the Pandemic Blues. We will also explore ideas for helping teens express and ultimately accept feelings of social isolation, disappointment about cancelled graduations and other important events, worries about the safety of family members, and a growing existential dread about the future.

In addition, we will review the latest coronavirus news, identify ways for managing our own anxieties while helping others, and consider practical ideas for providing the best care possible during this unprecedented time.