Ann John: A public health approach to suicide prevention in young people during the pandemic

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Professor Ann John is Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University Medical School. Any death in a young person by suicide is deeply tragic and best understood by looking at each individuals’ circumstances. It is however important to remember that suicide is not inevitable, if risk factors at the individual, group and population level […]

Sunil Bhopal and Delan Devakumar: Damage of the lockdown for children and young people – let’s choose a different path

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Dr Sunil Bhopal, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, Newcastle University Dr Delanjathan Devakumar, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, UCL   Children are fortunately minimally affected by COVID-19. Despite early reports of a new inflammatory syndrome, children are much more likely to be severely unwell or die from illnesses that we consider ‘normal’, including influenza […]

Dr Maria Loades: Lockdown loneliness in children and young people may continue to impact on mental health for years to come

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Guest Reachwell blog: Dr Maria Loades, University of Bath. Loneliness is the painful feeling we experience when our actual social contacts are different from what we desire them to be1. In the COVID context, lockdown loneliness seems to have been a particular problem for young people, more than any other age group 2,3,4. This is […]

Prof Tamsin Ford: Challenges for children’s services as Lockdown eases

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by Tamsin Ford Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of Cambridge 13/7/2020 Prior to Lockdown, specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were under severe strain with lengthy waiting lists despite rejecting 25% of referrals.1 Only a quarter2 of school-age children with impairing mental health conditions access CAMHS, while the most commonly approached […]

COVID-19 Lockdown: The impact on education

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by Dr Darren Moore, University of Exeter and Prof Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester Research on ‘summer learning loss’ shows a marked reduction in attainment following sustained periods of absence.1  During lockdown, schools worked quickly to make learning available remotely for the majority of pupils, but access has proven to be challenging and engagement is […]