Almost half of UK parents are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on their children's mental health


A new study released today and conducted by Sevanta ComRes, has found that 48% of British parents are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of their children.

A new study released today and conducted by Sevanta ComRes, has found that 48% of British parents are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of their children.

Parents are understandably worried about the long-term effects this crisis might have on their children, and particularly on their mental health. Whether it be in the UK or in Zimbabwe, resourcing parents, teachers, the extended family, and churches will become ever-more crucial as we navigate through the coming months and years.

Families, churches and schools must be partners in the process of ensuring our children receive the support they need to process what we have all experienced.

- Mark Sheard, Chief Executive Officer, World Vision UK

In addition to mental health, parents were also concerned about the impact of lockdown on: children’s ability to form new friendships and social skills (44%); children’s relationships with relatives outside the home (42%); the creation of a ‘fear culture’ with children scared to go outside, fearing another crisis, and insecure about the future (42%); and children’s existing friendships (41%).

Elijah Kirby, CEO of Northpoint Care comments, “We need to be cognisant in this time, that we are not all in the same boat - we may be in the same ocean, but families across the country are having to deal with the impact of the virus in very different conditions. In order to protect the continued development of our children and minimise the potential negative effects, we must ensure the most vulnerable families are given the necessary support.”

 

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