LAFAYETTE LA -- With the upcoming school year , mental health has been a big topic of discussion in kids as this fourth surge continues.
Several therapists across acadiana are getting a numerous number of parents that go to their sessions asking for guidance as the school year begins.
“I have the perspective of what is happening with my own children, and so far the most part they have been really sheltered from a lot of what's happening with other children who are in school.” Kelly Feehan Said.
As kids head to the classroom, many are hoping for peace to help stop this issue.
“There was so much back and forth with school last year. I'm trying to teach them to be supportive of all their little buddies who do go to school and just to understand that. It's a weird time and the example that we set at home , that's what they learn.” Jenni O'neal Said.
Studies show that depression and generalized anxiety are two of the most common mental health concerns in youth.
“If mom and dad are anti mask or frustrated with the school system for having to go to school with a mask , then the kid is wanting to go against the system too. They are not happy about it.” Brandi Leblanc Said.
The struggle to balance the changing restrictions has played a big part in the mental health crisis in the area according to Acadiana Counseling center.
“Everyone is angry, this is hard no matter what you believe in and what you promote and what you rebuke. This is hard for everyone, and we really just need to love each other again to get through this.” Brandi Leblanc Said.
Therapists say they are also seeing poor mental health habits in parents as well as covid-19 restrictions begin to change in the workforce.