Keep paying attention to your kids' mental health in this pandemic

Keep a watchful eye on kids right now, experts say. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's #Be the 1 To campaign shares five steps every person can take to help prevent suicide in a person of any age.

Lisa Selin Davis is the author of "Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different." She has written for The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and many other publications.

(CNN)For nearly a year, most of our children have been navigating the new, difficult normal: social isolation; deeply stressed parents; the effects of financial uncertainty; school from home — or from WiFi-equipped school buses if they don't have internet.

While Covid-19 itself has largely been sparing of children's physical health, studies have shown it has taken a toll on their mental health, associated with an increase in suicide-related behaviors, experts say.