The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza has said that every child in England should have access to a counsellor in school if they need one. She stated that “there is a mental health epidemic among children and tackling it is going to be one of the biggest challenges after Covid.” She argued that “many children feel they are facing an uncertain future and need better access to children’s mental health services.”
Her comments featured in a Sunday Times article documenting the mental health impact of the pandemic, and how it has hit teenagers the hardest, according to a research project by Public First. Those in their late teens and early twenties are more likely than any other group to say they feel lonely, hopeless, fearful and worried about the future. More than 4,000 people were polled and 12 focus groups were held to understand how the past year has changed attitudes. Teenagers and young people fared worst on almost every measurement for mental health and wellbeing. Half of all 18-24-year-olds say their mental health has been harmed by the pandemic, compared with just a quarter of over-65s. Almost two thirds of 18-24-year-olds say they felt fearful at least some of the time in the past week, compared with almost one third of over-65s.
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