Charities have warned children whose lives have been disrupted by Covid-19 that “a new mental health pandemic is imminent.”
The granting charity Buttle UK surveyed nearly 700 front-line support workers serving a total of 36,000 children.
Polls show that the percentage of support workers reporting mental health issues as a major issue for children working with them has increased by 10 points compared to last year.
In total, 61% of support workers said that the children they work with suffer from mental health problems.
Support workers have blamed many factors, including the lack of rest and increased isolation of parents during the school closure in 2021.
One front-line worker said: Parents are under greater stress and pressure, and their children are experiencing this.
“They are isolated from the school’s extensive support network, peers and safe places. They had few interactions or stimuli that led to depression, anxiety and depression.”
Battle UK said the government’s plan to catch up on education would fail unless children received immediate mental health support.
It demanded extra time spent on extracurricular “strengthening” activities at school, along with more funding for therapeutic intervention and support.
Joseph Howes, Chief Executive Officer of the Charity, said: Previously lost academically.
“This is the worst way to see it for the most vulnerable children who need another kind of support to get back to the starting line.
“These kids are facing traumatic episodes that have been exacerbated by the events of the last 18 months, so with the assumption that they can set them all aside and focus solely on their academic performance. It seeks the impossible, and as a result, catch-up programs will move the mainstream forward and further postpone vulnerabilities. ”