Under COVID, many families are reporting increased use of recreational screentime in their children and youth. Despite COVID however, children and youth still have the same needs for mental health and wellness that they needed pre-COVID. These needs include adequate sleep, nature time, physical activity, healthy nutrition, face-to-face time with fellow human beings, and activities that give purpose, hope and meaning. These Special Interest ECHO Sessions are in-depth educational opportunities on a specific child and/or youth mental health topic. These evening sessions run for 1 hour and include a de-identified case presentation from a participant within their own practice.
Part 2 of this series entitled "Practical Strategies for Primary Care Providers" will talk about practical strategies to support families, so that they can maximize healthy use of technology, and limit negative uses of technology, particularly as we move into a post-COVID world.