Over a year has passed since nationwide lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are being delivered to millions of people, and it seems like there is a light at the end of a long tunnel of isolation. However, the virus is not behind us yet. “Normal” is still going to take time. For teenagers, this pandemic represents a larger chunk of their lives than people may realize. Depending on their age, teenagers have spent between 5-7% of their lifetime in this pandemic. A formative year of socializing and trying new things has most likely been stunted. It is no surprise, then, that a recent national poll found a significant increase in teenagers exhibiting anxiety, depression, and aggression since the start of the pandemic.
Richland Library hosted a panel of teenagers to listen to their perspective. Led by YouTuber Briana T. Ford and Mental Health Specialist Taurus Sanders, three local teens discuss how the effects of COVID-19, racial tensions, and the new norm from 2020 have impacted their mental well-being, as well as how they are coping with it. This Richland Library event originally aired on January 30, 2021.
Richland Library locations are offering age-appropriate Carry out kits that are available for pickup, offering a range of portable activities. The activities vary between library locations, and supplies are limited.
If your teen is looking for a great book, album, or movie, have them try out our Get Personalized Recommendations service to receive a curated list of suggested titles to check out.
As of March 31, teenagers age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent. All vaccines approved for use in the United States have proven to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19.You can book an appointment through DHEC’s website and call their vaccine information line with any questions at 1-866-365-8110.
Able SC has a plain language guide that covers a lot of questions people have about the vaccine and what to do before, during, and after vaccination.