A Unicef survey shows that 56% of respondents report that teenagers in the family had behavioral changes in the pandemic, such as irritability and changes in sleep and appetite
The project in progress at Chamber of Deputies aims to promote the mental health of the school community. According to lawmakers, the pandemic has aggravated the situation of children and teenagers, impairing performance within the school. To justify the proposal, the deputies cited the third round of the Covid-19 Primary and Secondary Impacts on Children and Adolescents Survey, carried out in June 2021, by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Unicef. According to the survey, 56% of adults claim that some teenager in the household had one or more symptoms related to mental health during the pandemic. Among the problems mentioned are: sudden changes in mood and irritability, sleep disorders such as insomnia or excessive sleep, decreased interest in routine activities, exaggerated concerns about the future and changes in appetite.
Therefore, with the project, the deputies intend to guarantee access to psychosocial care, promote the continuing education of managers and professionals in the areas of education, health and social assistance, in addition to sensitizing society about the importance of psychosocial care in schools. According to the parliamentarians, for the project to be implemented, the participation of the school community and the community in which the school is inserted will be necessary. It will also be necessary to promote spaces for reflection and communication about the characteristics and needs of the individual and the school community, free from prejudice and discrimination. For this, the proposal provides for the creation, in each school, within a maximum period of 60 days after the date of publication of the law, of a Management Committee for Psychosocial Care, with the participation of representatives of primary care responsible for the territory and the school community .
*With information from the reporter Regiane Stella