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UNICEF: Covid exaggerated mental health issues in children

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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UNICEF: Covid exaggerated mental health issues in children

New Delhi: UNICEF representative Yasmin Ali Haque said on Tuesday that according to reports one in seven children suffer from mental health issues globally, and Covid-19 has exaggerated it. “We’ve seen that despite having issues children are not comfortable talking about it,” Haque was quoted as saying by source.

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During childhood, sound mental health is every bit as important as physical health for achieving developmental milestones. It helps children with their emotional wellbeing and social skills.

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In addition, mentally healthy children function well at home, in school, and in their communities and have greater chances of leading a happy and successful life. On the contrary, poor mental health during childhood can severely impact the way children learn, behave, or handle their emotions.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a complex array of challenges which had mental health repercussions for everyone, including children and adolescents. Grief, fear, uncertainty, social isolation, increased screen time, and parental fatigue have negatively affected the mental health of children. Friendships and family support are strong stabilizing forces for children, but the COVID-19 pandemic has also disrupted them.

The mental health of millions of children worldwide has been put at risk, with at least one in seven forced to remain at home under nationwide public health orders – or recommendations – during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 330 million youngsters have been stuck at home, till March 2021, for at least nine months, since the virus spread uncontrollably this time last year.

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