A Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Children

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All of us who are concerned about our children and teenagers know that some very difficult issues emerged during COVID-19 as a result of the impact of the virus and what has happened in schools, homes and communities as a result. Our children were not unaffected.

A recent report on the Impact of Children’s Mental Health was just released and available on the Child Mind Institute. Below is the summary of what this vital report contains:

Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health professionals were struggling to meet the needs of the 1 in 5 children and adolescents with a mental health or learning disorder. Then the pandemic hit, bringing an upsurge in youth reporting mental health challenges.

In this report, we examine the growing body of research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, including the results of a survey of thousands of parents conducted by the Child Mind Institute. We explore several key questions, including:

  • What do we know about how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental health?
  • What are some of the most common mental health challenges that children and adolescents have experienced?
  • What are the major risk factors for experiencing mental health challenges during the pandemic?
  • What do we know about the potential long-term mental health effects of the pandemic?
  • How can we reduce the mental health impacts of the next global public health crisis — and the remainder of this one?

Here is the link to where you can download this detailed report.

Portrait of african girl wearing face mask and writing solution of sums on white board at school. Black schoolgirl solving addition sum on white board during Covid-19 pandemic. School child thinking.

As I scanned this research there were many facts to evaluate but none of them surprising. What is glaringly apparent is the lack of support for the difficult mental health issues that arose during the pandemic and will continue to exist.

It does give us a blueprint for what we can do to help our students recover and heal from the powerful impact of COVID-19. Together, we have much work to do in our schools, homes, mental health programs and communities.

Gerry Vassar

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