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Mental Health Effects of School Closures During COVID-19

Publication Year: 
2020
Personal Author: 
Lee
Joyce.
Corporate Author: 
The Lancet
Page Count: 
1

For children and adolescents with mental health needs, such closures mean a lack of access to the resources they usually have through schools. In a survey by the mental health charity YoungMinds, which included 2111 participants up to age 25 years with a mental illness history in the UK, 83% said the pandemic had made their conditions worse. 26% said they were unable to access mental health support; peer support groups and face-to-face services have been cancelled, and support by phone or online can be challenging for some young people.

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