Have questions on pediatric mental health amid COVID? Regional experts meeting with our advisory board

The five-member Southwest Florida Community Advisory board is welcoming Lee Health experts to…

Have questions on pediatric mental health amid COVID? Regional experts meeting with our advisory board 1

The News-Press and Naples Daily News Southwest Florida Community Advisory Board will be meeting with two pediatric mental health experts from Lee Health on Wednesday (March 31) at 4 p.m.

More: Introducing the 2021 Southwest Florida Community Advisory Board

Paul Simeone, Vice-President/Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Lee Health and Dr.  Emad Salman, Vice-President of Operations & Chief Physician Executive for Golisano Children’s Services.

Simeone and Salman have been on the frontlines for one of region’s most pressing concerns tied to the coronavirus pandemic: the mental health of our children.

They recently published an impact report as part of the Kids’ Minds Matter initiative and they will present highlights and key takeaways to our community advisory board.

More: SWFL mental health leaders: We’re at a ‘crisis point’ for kids

The coronavirus has brought unprecedented change and challenges to all of us. Young people in particular have been impacted in various ways, including a rise in suicide and struggles in the classroom.

The News-Press and Naples Daily News have provided extensive coverage on this topic, including most recently a special report by journalist Frank Gluck: “COVID-19’s high toll on children in Southwest Florida: Mental health needs have increased in an already strained system.”

And before that this story by journalist Janine Zeitlin: “SWFL mental health leaders: We’re at a ‘crisis point’ for kids.”

The journalists at The News-Press and Naples Daily News and our community advisory board are committed to providing the most in-depth and latest news on this important topic, which is having a wide-reaching impact on Southwest Florida.

Your questions

Along with our community advisory board’s questions for Paul Simeone and Dr. Emad Salman, we’d love to ask them questions from the broader community.

What is on your mind? What advice do you need or what kind of help are you seeking? Do you have any ideas on possible solutions for some of the mental health issues children are having?

If you have a question or if you want to share your thoughts on this subject, you can submit via email to mbickel@gannett.com or use the comments feature on this story to say what you’d like.

The names of those who submit thoughts or questions may be published in a future article 


Also, if you have suggestions for who our community advisory board should meet with, please share

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