When it comes to mental health during the pandemic, a single portrait of an entire population is likely hiding some surprising trends. First, the bad news. A large scale analysis of data from England’s Mental Health of Children and Young People survey found a 50% increase in the percentage of children reporting mental health problems when assessed in July 2020. More than a quarter of children aged 5-16 said they were experiencing disrupted sleep. About one in twenty younger children said they felt lonely, while one in seven teens said they felt the same. Finally, almost one in five children said they felt fearful leaving the house during the pandemic. All of these numbers reflect an uneven distribution in the data. Youngsters who reported more mental health problems before the pandemic were those most likely to be anxious and depressed during the pandemic, with young women being particularly badly affected. For adults, there is evidence that parents have become the most stressed, which is no surprise given that so many of the disruptions associated with the pandemic have a multiplier effect when you consider the challenges of keeping little ones safe and amused at home. Those who have lost their… Read full this story
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