February 9, 2022

COVID stress, anxiety felt by children, too; resources available to help caregivers

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It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has worn out many individuals. Those who have felt or continue to feel stress and exhaustion brought on or intensified by the pandemic have kids or know others who have kids who feel the same way. The children feel the effects of COVID-19 stress, too.

An investigation by JAMA Pediatrics – Global Prevalence of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Children and Adolescents During COVID-19 A Meta-analysis – reported, “The COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated restrictions and consequences, appear to have taken a considerable toll on youth and their psychological well-being.” The study’s conclusion stated, “Overall, this meta-analysis shows increased rates of clinically elevated anxiety and depression symptoms for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The complete JAMA Pediatrics study can be downloaded.

An American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s article titled “What Parents Can Do: Promoting Mental Wellness in Our Children” provides tips on how adults can help.

Additionally, SupportLinc, the employee assistance program (EAP) for the West Lafayette campus, is available to assist individuals through many different avenues: 

To schedule an appointment with a SupportLinc EAP counselor, call 888-881-5462 or log into the SupportLinc website (username: purdue).

Another resource that parents and caregivers might find helpful is The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, which supports and promotes the mental, emotional and behavioral well-being of youth.

The section titled “COVID-19: Managing Risk, Fear, and Anger – Shrinking it Down” could be especially helpful right now.


The behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler Program advocates for integrated care programs that focus on behavioral health and community support. The resources above and below align with that mission. 

To assist faculty and staff

Review the “Mental Health Resources” webpage for a variety of available resources for faculty and staff, including EAP resources for all Purdue campuses, information on Purdue’s health plan coverage for mental health and substance abuse as well as behavioral health referral locations for the West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses. 

To assist students

Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100 percent on the Purdue student health plan.   

Office of the Dean of Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 765-494-2222, toll-free at 877-725-0222 or via email at hr@purdue.edu.

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