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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 16, 2020

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with the coronavirus crisis, it’s more important than ever for people and organizations to work toward raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect in their communities. The coronavirus pandemic has closed schools and childcare facilities around the world. With most children currently home from school, it’s likely that child abuse won’t get reported as often as usual since teachers file one in every five reports

The stress of providing constant care for children, as well as the various mental and economic stresses that come along with this pandemic, could push more parents over the edge. Parents Anonymous Inc. has seen a recent 30% increase in calls to their National Helpline for Parents, a clear illustration of the current situation.

This recent increase in child abuse is troubling because abused and neglected children are at high risk for withdrawl, depression, suicide, violent behavior, and more. The effects of childhood trauma can last even into adulthood, as the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study has shown.

The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County prioritizes the safety and health of children in our community, which is why we participate in Child Abuse Prevention month every year alongside our partners. During this time of crisis, we are committed to strengthening children and their families through additional mental health resources and Covid-19 related information

We encourage parents, extended family members, neighbors, and our community to make use of the many online sources available to help children through this difficult time. Some of our favorite resources include:

  • The Child Mind Institute’s Supporting Families During Covid-19 page offers live Facebook video chats with expert clinicians, daily tips for parenting during the pandemic, and more. 
  • The Ohio Department of Health’s Resources for Parents and Families page contains important information about how to talk to kids about Covid-19, links to fun activities for kids—including virtual exhibits and state park visit information—and a list of resources for at-home learning for a variety of grade levels. 
  • The National Child Abuse Prevention Month website is full of resources for increasing awareness about child abuse as well as for the prevention of it.
  • Children, as well as adults, benefit from having a resilient mindset during difficult times. Read our recent blog post about how to develop resilience to keep yourself and family well.

Now more than ever, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County is committed to giving parents in our community the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children. Our hope is that by working together with all our partners we can raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause.  


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