We’ve talked a lot about remote schooling on this podcast and how difficult it can be for teachers and students. But one thing we haven’t really covered is how all this isolation affects youth, and how school mental health resources are trying to meet those needs.

In this episode, we hear from Cycelia McMorris, a school counselor at Hanshew Middle School. She spoke with ATMI senior producer Quinn White about how the pandemic is affecting youth’s mental health, the challenges of connecting with students remotely, and building up a strong support system and community for all students.

They spoke over Zoom on January 11th, 2021.

Hosted by Ezra Dan.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention!

Other wellness resources!

These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.