The Inevitable Impact of the Pandemic on Children’s Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Yet, the rippling effect of the pandemic on mental health is ongoing and will be likely felt by children for years. The gravity of the impact on the wellbeing of children underscores the collective need of advocates to be informed, engaged and empowered.
Trauma, also known to practitioners as adverse childhood experiences (ACE), may well include the adverse experiences to the pandemic, namely the “deaths, illness, economic and housing instability, and loss of daily school routine.” Source: Children’s Mental Health Crisis Could Be a Next ‘Wave’ in the Pandemic | Health News | US News
Furthermore, as the cause of trauma is multi-faceted, so is the response. The pandemic certainly has required significant pivots in mental health treatment delivery in the absence of face to face contact. While telemedicine is a viable option, it too has accentuated disparities between those with access to broadband and technology and those without.
In fact, during the 2021 Legislative Session, ICM was one of many organizations that supported efforts to ensure the state budget addressed the need for expansive and statewide broadband. Additionally, ICM tracked and highlighted legislation aimed at streamlining Medicaid eligibility for children and providing easier access to telemedicine. Both measures were recently signed into law by Governor Kemp.
There is much more work to be done, as well as an urgent need to understand the nuisances of trauma to guide the work of advocates and help to prioritize mobilization efforts. So join ICM in upcoming and important trainings aligned with the mission to advocate for the wellbeing of children in Georgia.
NEXT ICM MEMBER MEETING: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Join us on Thursday, May, 20 2021, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, for ICM’s General Membership Meeting. As collective advocates on behalf of children, this is an opportunity to hear updates, discuss ideas, ask questions, and share suggestions.
Come hear about:
- Growing the Movement Campaign
- Statewide Initiative
- Launch of the Youth Alliance Academy for Social Justice
- Upcoming Trainings and Learning Opportunities
- What You Can Do Now
- Join the Movement
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The Trauma of Poverty
Approximately 500,000 children in Georgia live in families with income below the poverty line, which according to federal guidelines is the equivalent of about $26,000 for a family of four. As troubling, the Children’s Defense Fund finds about 217,000 children live in “extreme poverty”, which is less than half of the poverty line. Source: https://www.ajc.com/ajcjobs/major-aid-for-families-in-rescue-act-could-slash-georgia-poverty-rate/PQ7KHQP2KVDSDPJJA34VA2GPHQ/#:~:text=Roughly%20217%2C000%20children%20in%20Georgia,to%20the%20Childrens'%20Defense%20Fund.
Join ICM on Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, for an important presentation by Prevent Child Abuse Georgia: If Not Me Then Who? Poverty-Informed Training.
Have you ever taken a class on poverty? Growing up in poverty has life-long consequences for a child’s physical and mental health and economic well-being. Using first-hand stories and perspectives, participants will learn the facts, underlying myths, expand their perceptions, and be able to enact tangible strategies to uplift our community’s vulnerable populations. Registration Here: https://icmgeorgia.wildapricot.org/event-4262975
Training Opportunity for Students
Did you know the 2018-2019 Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) (gadoe.org) of 6th through 12th-grade students revealed 11% (77,881) have seriously considered attempting suicide, and 6% (37,508 students) have attempted suicide?
Join ICM on Thursday, May 27, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, as the National Alliance on Mental Illness presents: Ending the Silence for Students.
This presentation designed for middle and high school students includes warning signs, facts and statistics, and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Register Here:
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Help Advocate for Equity in Education
ICM is part of Fund Georgia's Future, a coalition that works to create a just public educational system with fair and full funding, and wants to learn more about the state's K-12 public school funding system. You can help by sharing your perspective and experiences with public schools, whether it's as a student, parent, educator or community member. Your responses to the survey below is greatly appreciated. Access survey here: http://bit.ly/FGFSurvey