Children’s mental health

As we start world well-being week, psychologists have warned the government that many schoolchildren will need urgent support post lockdown, because their lives and education will have been so badly disrupted by school closures.

Dr Gavin Morgan, who feeds into the advisory group Sage – said: “There is going to be a hell of a lot of work to be done from teachers and educational psychologists. We are going to have to pick up a lot of broken pieces and put things back together.”

Morgan, of University College London, made it clear that while the problems were likely to be more serious for those from underprivileged families, other children would also face adverse effects from missing their normal routines, their teachers, and playing with friends. This would be worse for younger children because teenagers can stay in touch with their friends via their mobile phones.

“One of the things that concerns me most is that for some children, school is one of the key focal points in their lives, giving them stability, meaning, self-worth, esteem. It is school that gives them a purpose.”

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