Young people’s mental health receives boosters from SoundItOutTogether.org

The pandemic is taking a huge toll on young people – isolated from friends, at times unable to go to school and engage in many other activities.

Experts have found that music can help – help children and their parents talk about tough times.

SoundItOutTogether.org, a product of the Ad Council and a company founded by Melinda Gates, has music related to it.

dr Adolescent mental health expert Alfiee Breland-Noble spoke about one of the songs.

“The artist’s music really talks about what’s weighing on this kid, what the heaviness is, and the kid can’t necessarily explain what that heaviness means,” she said. “It’s almost a visual and lyrical portrayal of many aspects of depression and what depression looks like in a teenager.”

dr Alfiee, as she likes to be called, said if you notice changes in your child’s behavior that last a few weeks, maybe it’s time to talk – and listen.

“If your child is usually fairly balanced and even-tempered, or one of my children is very sunny and bright all the time, you know there’s something you might want to examine over a period of, say, 10-12, 14 days, at.” your child stops looking like that,” she said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has declared a child mental health emergency over the pandemic.

“It always helps if we have always opened up these communication channels,” said Dr. Alfiee, “so the kid expects us to come and talk to them when we think it’s time, and that’s what Sound It Out Together can do, and it can give you some tools and some tips on how to initiate those conversations.” “

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