Child psychologist reminds parents to focus on kids’ mental health with return to school

ORLANDO, Fla. — With students back in class, there’s a renewed focus on their mental health.

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The mental health of students has been affected by the violence that erupted at schools last year.


Channel 9 spoke with a child psychologist about what parents and schools can do to intervene.

“Kids are still struggling with mental health,” said child psychologist Jim West.

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West works with children in Orlando and said the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on kids.

Social distancing made them feel afraid and alone.

“I still feel like there’s a lot of pent-up anger and frustration and depression,” West said.

West said it’s why we saw a series of violent outbursts on local school campuses last year.

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“I really think we are going to see more, more fights,” West said.

West said that this will persist until the community treats the root of the problem: cyberbullying.

Watch more in the video above.

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