I'm Listening: Dr. Michael Lindsay Sees an Increase in Childhood Anxiety During COVID and Social Unrest

'A really tremendous impact'

As we prepare for this year's I'm Listening special on Wednesday, September 23, we’re offering some previews of our favorite RADIO.COM conversations with experts, artists, and celebrities on the topic of mental health.

Dr. Michael Lindsey, Executive Director of NYU Silver's McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and the School's Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies joins us this year to offer his insight into child and adolescent mental health, depression, suicide, and more in the era of health restrictions due to COVID-19 and social justice advancements.

"We've seen an increase in anxiety, depression, and I might add trauma, among both adolescents and their families," says Dr. Lindsey. "Certainly COVID has brought upon families and communities a lot of job insecurity which leads to housing instability and other forms of disruption to the family system, as well as food insecurity. So COVID has had a really tremendous impact."

"And the social unrest has been traumatizing on so many levels," Dr. Lindsey explains. "It sort of makes kids feel that might happen to them. So, it's a really, really traumatizing matter that I think has had a tremendous impact on the mental health and well-being of adolescents and contributes to the challenges that they're facing."

RADIO.COM's I’m Listening broadcast returns on Wednesday, September 23. During the special 2-hour event, we’ll once again join forces with artists, athletes, and individuals nationwide to showcase that talk has the power to save lives.

In the meantime we've shared some moments from past I'm Listening shows here and at ImListening.org, with previous guests opening up honestly about their own struggles with mental health.

We also invite you to share your story about your own journey with mental health. We will select some to be a part of this year's show.

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