The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people who were already struggling with their mental health, because of traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine and a breakdown of support networks due to lockdown restrictions.
A report from the organisations Young Minds highlights the impact that recent events have has had on young people. The survey highlighted positives for mental health in the initial return to school, such as seeing friends, having a routine, and seeing their teachers. However, many said that the rapid return to academic pressure, after six months away, was having a negative impact.
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Young Minds third survey with young people investigating the mental health impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic shows that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to secondary school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis.
Key findings show:
69% of respondents described their mental health as poor now that they are back at school; this has risen from 58% who described their mental health as poor before returning to school.
40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school
Only 27% had had a one-to-one conversation with a teacher or another member of staff in which they were asked about their wellbeing, by the time they completed the survey.
Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic, while only 9% agreed that there was more mental health support.
In the aim to help learners in schools become more mindful to the effects of poor health and well-being, both physically and mentally, Learn by Design have workshops and sessions that provide key techniques that will help learners navigate these difficult times.
The sessions cover:
Strategies to help learners identify the difference between stress and anxiety
Explore coping mechanisms
How to mentally prepare for situations
Understanding of how external factors can effect emotions
What is mental well-being?
Exploring the factors that effect well-being
Provide key call to actions in order to seek help
PRICE Example: £450*
*Dependant on numbers, location and delivery staff required. Sessions can be adapted to suit school needs and requirements.
Links to key facts:
20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.1
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.2
10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem3, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.4