Bundle: Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

While public attention remains rightly focused on the effect of the Covid-19 virus on the elderly, vaccinations, increased mortality rates, and the effects of isolation, there have been a number of reports looking at children and young people. Children and young people’s mental health has been put at greater risk through the loss of meeting friends, physical activity and learning, all of which may affect them for years to come. For some, the greater risk of domestic abuse and poverty, especially with reduced parental income through loss of work and the need for parents to look after children in the home, has resulted in childhood depression and feelings of hopelessness.

Our latest briefing looks at several recent reports on what schools and public authorities might do to address children’s mental health now that the end of the lockdown is in sight. To mark Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, we have also gathered some of our most recent and relevant content on the issue.

Children’s Mental Health in the UK and Ireland – recent reports

The need to promote the wellbeing of children and young people during the pandemic and tacking mental health problems has grown during the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at recent reports on the issue.

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing under Covid-19

There is growing evidence showing that the Covid-19 pandemic is significantly affecting children and young people’s mental health. This briefing looks at the recent research and practice to support children and young people.

DfE and DHSC research on the state of wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in England

This briefing is on the UK Government’s 2020 annual report of the wellbeing of children and young people. Children generally responded with resilience to changes in their lives between March and September 2020, though mental health difficulties have increased for school-aged children and older groups.

Innovative ways of supporting children and young people’s mental health during the pandemic

This briefing summarises evidence about how the pandemic has influenced children and young people’s mental health to help to inform local service development plans in Scotland to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people in both the short and longer-term.

Providing essential information for young people in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic

As the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, Young Scot swiftly refocused their services to aid young people with the information they needed during the pandemic. In this blog, Young Scot discuss how young people have been impacted by Covid-19 and highlight successes in campaigning for and supporting young people.