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How The Pandemic Is Still Affecting Idaho Kids' Mental And Physical Health


Children’s mental health is being greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and doctors around the world say what they’re seeing is alarming. From eating disorders to panic attacks, doctors are seeing it all. Add to that a rise in child abuse and overdoses in children and teens and this could be a recipe for disaster.

Idaho Matters checks in with Dr. Derek Duplaise of St. Luke's Children's Hospital to hear more about what he's seeing when it comes to children's mental and physical health.


If you or someone you know are struggling, there is help. Call or text with trained mental health professionals at from the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: 208-398-4357.


Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.