Dr. Patrice Harris, a psychiatrist and former president of the American Medical Association, said that parents should seek out mental health services if they feel like they are "about to burn out" as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
“There is no shame in asking for help when you think you are at your wits’ end,” Harris told CNN. “The longer it goes, we are getting fatigued, and parents have had to work and continue to be parents and take care of a lot of other responsibilities. And we know that this pandemic has disproportionately impacted women."
She added that if parents notice their children’s mental or physical health being affected by the pandemic, they should consult their pediatrician and look for resources from places like the American Psychological Association.
Harris also said that there is no “one-size-fits-all approach” to reopening schools.
She encouraged parents to seek out information on school reopening plans, any surveillance testing, and ask their children are ready to return to school.
“Address those fears. Some children are worried and may need to continue to do distance learning, and others really need to get back into the classroom as appropriate,” she said.