CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
THE PANDEMIC IS A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
For many of the world’s most marginalized children, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. And its toll is not just physical. Quarantines, lockdowns, and social isolation have had serious impacts on mental health. More than 2/3 of children have seen their mental health grow worse over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Girls, refugee and displaced children, and children with special needs have been especially hard hit. But with your help, we can continue to provide children with resources to keep them learning, keep them safe, and keep them healthy.
PLAY CAN CHANGE A LIFE
Trauma, grief, and isolation can create long-lasting psychological consequences for children and youth. Right To Play is a leader in using the power of play to create caring, supportive environments that help traumatized children understand and manage the complex emotions they experience, including grief, fear, and anxiety. You can make a difference.
In Canada, the ongoing effects of colonialism and residential schools, coupled with lack of access to mental health services, has left Indigenous children and youth severely lacking in resources to manage their mental health. Abroad, natural disasters, war and political turmoil results in millions of displaced children, without access to regular schooling or community support. And throughout all this, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes solving these problems even more difficult.
Our play-based programs prevent mental health conditions from worsening, and help children continue to develop emotionally, socially, and cognitively — even under the toughest conditions. With your generous support, we can help children to recover their sense of normalcy and their hope for a bright future.
GAZA: TAHA'S STORY
It’s hard enough to get around in a typical city using a wheelchair, but air strikes and sanctions make Gaza’s crumbling infrastructure almost completely inaccessible. For 12 year old Taha, access to a mobility device meant he was able to overcome social isolation, make friends and go back to school.
JORDAN: QASIDA’S STORY
After her father was killed in the Syrian Civil War, Qasida struggled with feelings of loss, and was forced to cope with isolation in her new life as a refugee in Jordan. She was acting out in school and at home until she enrolled in a Right To Play program that helped her process her anger and her grief.
CANADA: DALLAS' STORY
If you ask 19-year-old Dallas about himself, he will tell you that he’s shy. But Dallas’ shyness hasn’t held him back from transitioning from being a youth participant to becoming a youth worker at Sagitawa Friendship Centre’s PLAY program in Peace River, Alberta.