As the aid organization Save the Children announced on Friday, citing data from the “Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Trackers”, the corona measures and lockdowns in particular have led to a significant increase in mental illnesses among children worldwide. Cases of depression, anxiety, loneliness and also self-harm have increased significantly. The study took into account the survey results of more than 13,000 children in 46 countries.
According to the charity, more than 83 percent of children reported an increase in negative feelings. In the majority of children (96 percent), these feelings became far more pronounced after schools had been closed for more than 17 weeks. In industrialized countries up to 50 percent of mental illnesses remain untreated, in developing countries it is even between 76 and 85 percent. According to Marie Dahl, Head of Mental Health at Save the Children, while the measures are important to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the resulting social isolation can cause anxiety and depression in children:
“If there is no reaction here, long-term consequences can arise – even if the restrictions are lifted.”
Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, children have lived under state-imposed restrictions on 184 days. In high-income countries like Canada, some children had to stay at home for a total of 402 days, compared to an average of nine months in Europe. In India, children spent an average of 100 days at home. But irregular online lessons have also resulted in disrupted routines and had an impact on social interaction, sleep and the well-being of the children. The aid organization called on all governments to give priority to the mental health and regulated learning of children during and after the Corona crisis.
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(rt / dpa)