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Social emotional learning camp for kids

GLOVERSVILLE — During July, The Family Counseling Center’s Children and Family Support Services will be hosting a social emotional learning camp for children and young adults on a weekly basis, according to a news release.

Led by Kaitlyn Atchinson, the organization’s youth peer advocate and Shawn Flynn from the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council, the camp will focus on social skills, problem solving, and coping skills. The camp is open to clients of The Family Counseling Center and will be held at the organization’s headquarters on Broadway, Gloversville and at various locations around the city.

There will be two groups, one for children and another for adolescents and young adults and will run Thursday and Friday afternoons.

After months of restrictions, online or hybrid schooling, and the overall worry about COVID-19, kids are now facing new challenges as they navigate their way through a newly open world.

Across the country, healthcare institutions have seen a rise in mental health emergencies in children. The isolation of COVID restrictions, constant worry about the physical health of family members, and lack of routine are all contributing factors to the crisis. Additionally, the CDC’s recent study on COVID-19 addresses the impact of COVID-19 on children’s mental health, showing a 44 percent increase in children’s mental health related emergency department admissions for 2020, when compared with 2019 data.

For more information about the Family Counseling Center and its children and family support services, go to: www.thefamilycounselingcenter.org.

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