The pandemic has had a severe impact on the mental health of the country, and a new issue briefly shows that children also face deteriorating mental and emotional health. Briefly examines the factors contributing to deteriorating mental health and substance use in children and adolescents during a pandemic, looking closely at those at higher risk for the ill. impact on mental health, such as LGBTQ youth and children of color. A review of recent research findings:
- More than 25% of high school students report worsening mental and emotional health and more than 20% of parents with children ages 5-12 report a similar worsening condition for their children. son.
- There has been a significant reduction in the use of child mental health care since the onset of the pandemic. As access to mental health services through telehealth increases, mental health services through schools are likely to decline due to closures. Among Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries under the age of 18, the number of children receiving mental health services fell by 50% from February to October 2020.
- In addition to loneliness and loneliness in light of public health safety measures, poor mental health in parents can lead to poor mental health outcomes for children.
The brief also cites several provisions in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act that support child health care services and other programs, as well as related provisions in other proposed law.