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Debate: The impact of school closures and lockdown on mental health in young people.

Authors
  • Townsend, Ellen1
  • 1 School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Child and adolescent mental health
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
265–266
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/camh.12428
PMID: 33049100
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown response has had a disproportionate and damaging effect on the lives, mental health and well-being of young people globally. They have been neglected in policy-making and their needs have been subjugated to those of adults which contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Here, I argue that the needs and rights of young people must come first to protect their health, mental health and futures. If we do not do this, we will let down a generation of children who will bear the brunt of the fallout of the economic burden of the global COVID-19 crisis. © 2020 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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