Current isolation and uncertainty affect children the most

Schools stopping outings to the park, or not being allowed to visit your grandmother, has taken a toll on our kids. This has become a public health problem and several psychologists tell us how to detect the first signs of mental illness in the youngest of the house to help them get out of this process.

Amanda Perkins, a counselor for the Children ‘s Home Society of Florida, uses sensory toys to help kids understand what’s going on in their brains and hearts. “We are trying to break the stigma that exists around therapy. Zero to Five is a study published in the early 2000s, which taught us that stress can take over a child throughout their childhood,” explains Perkins.

For her part, Christina McIntosh, director of the Discovery Learning Center in Parc, affirms that individualized therapy teaches children a different way to connect with their feelings. “At our center, we help them get what they need to control their emotions and react appropriately,” promotes McIntosh.

Instead, Caprice Childs, a teacher, indicates that there are students who never get over certain traumas in their lives. “Sometimes we have children who have had a difficult past and that makes it very difficult for them to control their anger,” says Childs.

Clara Reynolds, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Crisis Center, says that emotional disorders manifest very differently in a child compared to an adult.

“They may meet hyperactive children who have a hard time paying attention. This behavior is not a choice, but the consequence of a possible depression that the child is experiencing (…) Teachers must take these things into account.”

Regarding the adolescent population, counselors have seen something alarming in recent months. “They have severely increased the number of young people calling the Suicide Prevention line,” says Celi VanDyke, manager of the Corbett Trauma Center. “Isolation and uncertainty can overcome any young person. If you mix them with the hormones and social acceptance that is sought at that age, it can be too much for him” explains the expert.

Given this, family supervision should be the most important thing. “If a father spends enough time with his child, any change in his eating habits, his sleeping habits or in his moods, he will notice immediately,” says VanDyke.

Specialists also suggest talking to your boys to find out how they are feeling. “A good start could be to tell his son: we are going through a really difficult time and I wonder how it is affecting you … or just talking to them about the things that concern them” they suggest.

Mental health is not child’s play. From eSmart Recycling we invite you to give it the importance it deserves. As adults we can be role models for the younger members of our families, taking good care of ourselves and being open with our feelings.

This last year has been very challenging for the human psyche and it is normal to ask for help. To do this, you can contact central 211 of the Tampa Bay Crisis Center and they will know how to support you.

Nobody is an island, and we need you.


Carmen María Cermeño
Carmen María Cermeño

Journalist/ Content Curator

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