“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.”
Nation’s youths swamped with severe mental health crises
The pandemic has accelerated mental health crises among children.
The problem has ballooned to emergency proportions because of a shortage of child psychiatrists, a growing wave of suicidality, and the ongoing stress over covid-19, a group of experts says.