The first lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus in the UK led to a ‘steep rise’ in cases of depression, including in children as young as seven, a new study reveals. Scientists from the Medical Research Council compared data from parents, teachers and children on the mental health of kids aged 7 to 12 before and after lockdown. They found Covid-19 measures had a ‘medium to large’ impact on mental health, primarily from social distancing and school closures over the four month lockdown. Their findings suggest there is a need to incorporate the potential impact of lockdown on child mental health in planning future pandemic responses. Scientists from the Medical Research Council compared data from parents, teachers and children on the mental health of kids aged 7 to 12 before and after lockdown. Stock image Before this research there had been little evidence to substantiate the effect of lockdown on the mental health of young children, mainly because it was hard to find figures from before the first lockdown began on March 23. Researchers drew on data from children living in the East of England who were part of the Resilience in Education and Development (RED) study. They found… Read full this story
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