LISTEN: COVID-19’s impact on kids’ mental health

students playing at a playground
Students play during recess at Dena’ina Elementary School in Wasilla on September 21, 2020. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Remote learning, the loss of sports and activities and social isolation have caused an increase in anxiety and depression for children of all ages over the past year. With many kids heading back to classrooms and more vaccine availability, it almost feels like we are seeing the first glimpses of a return to normalcy. But the pandemic will likely have lasting effects on kids.

HOST: Prentiss Pemberton


  • Lori Houston, LCSW, RPT-S, Clinical Director, Clinician & Co-Owner, Playful Journeys Counseling Center



  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (10–11 a.m.).
  • Send email to before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air).

LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 8 p.m. AKDT


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Prentiss Pemberton is a host of Line One: Your Health Connection at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at Read more about Prentiss here.

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