Episode 85: Teens and Mental Health in the (Post)Pandemic

Teens were already struggling before COVID. When the pandemic hit, things just got worse. In this episode of Can We Talk?, we speak with Vanessa Kroll Bennett, co-host of The Puberty Podcast, parenting writer, and mother of four, about teens and mental health—before, during, and after the pandemic—gender differences, and what caregivers and Jewish communities can do to help. We also hear directly from teens about how the pandemic affected them and how they're doing now. 

This episode includes November Mist from Blue Dot Sessions. 

Released December 5, 2022
  • Puberty Podcast co-host, parenting writer, and JWA board member Vanessa Kroll Bennett. 

  • Ma'ayan Rosenbaum on the first day of 8th grade in September 2020. Courtesy of Judith Rosenbaum. 

  • Dance recital in the age of COVID, June 2021. Courtesy of Judith Rosenbaum. 

  • A COVID-safe playdate, March 2021. Courtesy of Judith Rosenbaum. 

  • Vanessa Kroll Bennett Headshot 2022
  • Girl seated at computer for online school during pandemic
  • Groups of teens wearing masks and dance costumes
  • Two teens wearing masks on swings at playground


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 85: Teens and Mental Health in the (Post)Pandemic." (Viewed on April 24, 2024) <http://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/teens-and-mental-health-postpandemic>.