Mental Health

Education Station wellness check on students back in classroom [Video]

In honor of World Mental Health Day, 3News talks to local mental health experts about how students have been handling being back in school amid the pandemic.

CLEVELAND — This week, the globe observed World Mental Health Day, which is a perfect time for Education Station to check in with our students on how they're handling being back in school during COVID.

Northeast Ohio's mental health workers and school officials say children, overall, are happy to be back to the classroom this school year. However, it doesn't come without student anxiety.

"They weren't working extensively for 3-4 hours a day, but then suddenly [have] to go back into a brick and mortar school building for 6-8 hours a day" Akron Public Schools Psychologist Dr. Erich Merkle said. "We all got used to being at home with our immediate family."

The transition from primarily being around family and home-schooled for a …

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