Young children these days are feeling alone and isolated. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re scared and uncertain about the future.

And many of these children just aren’t getting the emotional help they need to cope with these feelings.

Young children these days are feeling alone and isolated. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re scared and uncertain about the future.

“There are a number of young people in the community that don’t necessarily seek out or aren’t receiving services through traditional mental health services where you go to a clinic,” says Connie Bettin of Prevention & Early Intervention Services, for Dane County.

To solve this problem, the county is working with therapy clinics to provide mental health directly to young children through their local community center.

One such clinic is The Rainbow Project, which will provide counseling to children at the Kennedy Heights Community Center on the northside of Madison.

“Let’s do some early intervention and really make sure that what is normal challenging behavior and when it is something that is maybe more serious,” says Sharyl Kato, executive director of The Rainbow Project. “Early on, we can provide support that will reduce risks and more severe problems from occurring in the future.”

Kato adds that these are unprecedented times in many ways.

“During these times, I think that families that are experiencing stress are experiencing more on many different levels,” she continues.

Kato says that beginning soon, therapists will be having meetings with children through Zoom and will expand to meetings in person when it’s safe.

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