"Kids need to know they're getting honest information and parents are being trustworthy, and they believe what their parents say," Binder said. "Most kids want to know they're safe, but they also want to understand what's happening. It's important to have a lot of empathy and understanding of what the child is really asking, and give them honest information to decrease their anxiety."
Even without that headwind, the labor movement has withered in past decades as employers found new ways to fend off unions. Republican presidents stocked the National Labor Relations Board with members unsympathetic to labor, and the economy became dominated by large companies that are harder to organize and have an increasing array of tools to keep unions at bay. So-called "right to work" laws that allow workers to opt out of paying union dues have proliferated in more than half the states.
His experience highlights the challenges for caregivers and patients as the pandemic strains the nation's mental health care system. Even before COVID-19, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people who have insurance. Now experts fear the virus will make the situation worse, putting the patients most in need at risk of falling through the cracks and inflicting on countless others newfound grief, anxiety and depression.
Health experts are warning the coronavirus pandemic could lead to an historic surge in mental health problems, as a growing number of people turn to drugs and alcohol. A federal US emergency hotline reported a 1,000-percent increase in calls in April. A poll has found nearly half of Americans say the crisis is affecting their mental health.