Demystifying Medicine Video

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and has caused many drastic changes to our daily lives. The emotional stress can be overwhelming as we are left questioning at the end of every day: what’s going to happen next? To put this into perspective, we have created a daily vlog to raise awareness of mental health in adolescents during the pandemic. Also included are many resources for adolescents to receive support and steps parents can take to ensure their children are mentally and socially healthy.

Please visit the following websites for more support and information on adolescent mental health:

Phone services are also available if you or anyone you know needs personal one-on-one support:
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

For more videos like this, please check out the McMaster Demystifying Medicine website

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Author Details


  • Das, J. K., Salam, R. A., Lassi, Z. S., Khan, M. N., Mahmood, W., Patel, V., & Bhutta, Z. A. (2016). Interventions for Adolescent Mental Health: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(4, Supplement), S49–S60.
  • Guessoum, S. B., Lachal, J., Radjack, R., Carretier, E., Minassian, S., Benoit, L., & Moro, M. R. (2020). Adolescent psychiatric disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Psychiatry Research, 291, 113264.
  • Odgers, C. L., & Jensen, M. R. (2020). Annual Research Review: Adolescent mental health in the digital age: facts, fears, and future directions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(3), 336–348.
  • Racine, N., Cooke, J. E., Eirich, R., Korczak, D. J., McArthur, B., & Madigan, S. (2020). Child and adolescent mental illness during COVID-19: A rapid review. Psychiatry Research, 292, 113307.
  • Salerno, J. P. (2016). Effectiveness of universal school‐based mental health awareness programs among youth in the United States: a systematic review. Journal of school health, 86(12), 922-931.
  • Wei, Y., Hayden, J. A., Kutcher, S., Zygmunt, A., & McGrath, P. (2013). The effectiveness of school mental health literacy programs to address knowledge, attitudes and help seeking among youth. Early intervention in psychiatry, 7(2), 109-121.
  • Weisz, J. R., Sandler, I. N., Durlak, J. A., & Anton, B. S. (2005). Promoting and protecting youth mental health through evidence-based prevention and treatment. American psychologist, 60(6), 628.

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