The ongoing global pandemic has changed the life of almost everyone on the planet, but arguably none more so than children.
Schools and playgrounds have been closed, exams cancelled or delayed, medical appointments cancelled or postponed and contact arrangements between separated parents may have changed and children may not have been able to see extended family. All of this may have a damaging effect on future generations.
The BBC have recently published an article on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and young people.
The article draws from the comments and research from psychologists, psychiatrists and child health professionals who express their concerns about the long term impact to the mental health of children and young adults.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists expressed concerns about the lack of support for children and teenagers noting that appointments to specialist psychiatric services went from 40 a day to 4 a day, although the demand for services has remained, or possibly even increased.
Professionals have raised concerns that the voice and needs of children and teenagers has not been given enough focus during the current pandemic and this may have a long term and detrimental impact to those who are meant to be the future of society.
Reachwell are undertaking a study and collecting data for those whose voice they feel has been forgotten and you can take part and find out more information at; https://reachwell.org/
A study in The Lancet Psychiatry found children's mental health deteriorated most during that period compared with other age groups. Primary school-aged children saw rising problems with emotional and behavioural issues linked to stressed parents trying to juggle work and home-schooling, while 83% of young people with mental health needs said lockdown was making them feel worse. Lockdown also exposed children to other risks such as domestic violence, cramped housing and strained family relationships, with the poorest families hurt most.