‘How are you taking care of you?’ What kids say COVID-19 taught them about their mental health

Yana Kunichoff

Arizona Republic

Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, high school student Gema Sanchez Gamez was always on the move. She was often up at 5:30 a.m. to catch a ride to school, had a full schedule of classes during the day, and then after school would help her Spanish-speaking parents with paperwork or translating emails. Underneath it all, she was struggling with her recovery from an eating disorder.

Then everything came to a standstill.

“I had no freedom, I had no stability, so I felt motivation slowly fading away,” she said.  

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