State officials highlight concern for children’s mental health during pandemic

Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials are highlighting concerns about the mental health of New Jersey’s children during the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Sep 30, 2021, 12:10 AM

Updated 928 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials are highlighting concerns about the mental health of New Jersey’s children during the pandemic.
Christine Norbut Beyer, the commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families, says that children can be stressed by returning to school and the possibility of sick family members.
The governor and commissioner both said that mask-wearing can also be a factor.
"I think for as many young people who don't want to wear a mask, there are just as many who do, maybe more,” Beyer said. "So I think that we have to treat our young people that they do have a mind and they need to be - they know what's right for them, what makes them comfortable. And so I think it's on both sides, wearing it or not, impacts their mental health."
The Children's System of Care has resources for kids and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges. The 24-hour hotline is available for families in need at 1-877-652-7624.


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