Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple

During COVID-19, many kids across the country have been doing most or all of their schooling online. But now, a year later, many communities are finally finding ways to bring kids back to school, in person. While it’s largely agreed on that in-person schooling is critical for child and teen positive mental health and social-emotional development, going back comes with its own concerns and a host of new anxieties for kids, parents, and teachers alike.

In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah share insights from their clinical practice as child psychiatrists on supporting the mental health of your family with some of these mid-year “back-to-school” challenges.

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have anxieties or concerns about sending your kids back to school during Covid? We'd love to know. Write to us!

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If you or someone you know is in distress and needs support, connect with a crisis counselor 24/7:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
  • Text “HOME” to 741741 (US/Canada). UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808. (Crisis Text Line)

Music by Gene Beresin

Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

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Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple shines light on the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and caregivers to navigate some tough questions. Join co-hosts Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins as they explore and provide guidance on topics related to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. From depression and learning disorders, to digital media and current events, Shrinking It Down covers it all. Tune in today!

About Us: The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a free, multi-media educational resource dedicated to promoting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of young people through innovative education. Visit us online at

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Co-hosted by two shrinks, Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple plays up the fact that mental health is anything but simple, while helping parents and other caregivers to navigate some tough questions.

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