But a new report offers a blueprint for supporting children, youth and their families in these perilous times.
Eight months into a global pandemic, evidence is mounting that children and youth are facing increased stress and mental health problems.

“Even before the pandemic there were about 95,000 children and youth in B.C. with mental illnesses serious enough to require intervention. Less than half of them receive any kind of mental health support, let alone effective support.”  — Dr. Charlotte Waddell, Children’s Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University

Calls to Kids Help Phone lines across Canada have doubled, and domestic violence hotlines across the country are reporting a surge in calls. Crisis Centre BC is reporting a 25-per-cent increase in calls since the pandemic began in March.

We won’t know for some time exactly how children and youth are affected by the isolation, stress and fears they’re experiencing.

But the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth is making some educated guesses with its report “COVID-19 and the Impact on Children’s Mental Health,” based on a review of studies of child and youth mental health during past pandemics and natural disasters.  Read the rest of this article at The Tyee…

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