Professor Cathy Creswell published a editorial perspective piece on the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry which highlights the need for rapid responses to understand and address children and young people’s mental health in the context of COVID-19.
The pandemic has clearly brought a broad range of challenges to children and young people. These include the direct viral threat to self, friends, and family (with recent estimates of a 17.5%–20.2% increase in parental bereavement in the United States; Kidman et al, 2021), as well as disruptions to school work, social interactions, family pressures, economic impacts, a lack of opportunity and ongoing uncertainty, and reduced access to mental health and other support from outside the home. So how have these experiences affected the mental health of children and young people?
You can read the editorial perspective piece here.