Digital Original: Mental health virtual support group aims to help parents

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on people’s mental health, which is why local therapists and counselors have created a online support group for parents. 

Michelle Coleman is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas in Little Rock and helps facilitate the free one hour sessions.

She says many parents are getting hit hardest during this time and may feel like there is now where to turn for support.

Some experts say parents are showing signs of higher anxiety levels, especially as their children get ready to head back to school. 

“It’s called Pandemic Parenting and it is a support group and we want to assist parents and other caregivers with parenting their children at this time because it is unprecedented,” says Coleman. 

Coleman says experts are seeing more symptoms of anxiety and depression in parents because children have also had a hard time and turn to them for support and answers. 

She says she hopes the virtual support group can help parents and caregivers navigate through these uncertain times and realize they are not alone.

For more information on how you can register for the free parent support group, click here.

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