CORONAVIRUS: THE IMPACT OF YOUNG PEOPLES’ MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING ?
There has been much research in recent months which looks at the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown on children and young people.
The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented; none of us has experienced this before so we don’t know what the exact impact will be. Moreover, every child and family will react differently. It is important to remember that for most pupils, lockdown will have also brought experiences which may have had a positive impact on their mental well-being. For example, some children and young people may have enjoyed having more time and sharing new experiences with family. Some may have established new routines that work better for them and some may have felt less pressure from tests, exams and academic success. Others may have developed new skills such as building resilience, problem-solving abilities and new coping strategies.
However, the pandemic will have affected mental well-being in various negative ways. As well as the short-term impact, there may be long-term consequences for mental health. Possible negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental well-being of children and young people is included in the infographic.
– Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
– NAHT – The union for school leaders