A sharp rise in children’s mental health problems has been seen in the UK since the start of the pandemic, particularly sleep problems, eating disorders, panic attacks and self-harm. However mental health services have not kept pace, raising concerns that a whole generation could end up scarred.
So far during the pandemic attention has focused on protecting physical health, and children and young people have been considered to be largely unaffected, despite widespread disruption to education and family life.
So this data on mental health is really concerning, especially if it turns out to be a repeating pattern worldwide. Psychological problems in childhood can have life-long impact on wellbeing.