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.
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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.
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