An international organization warns of the consequences of Corona on the mental health of children and young people in Europe


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has warned that the mental health consequences of the Corona epidemic will have far-reaching effects on entire generations of young people and children in Europe.The Federation said in a report today, Monday, that numerous studies conducted by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across Europe show an alarming pattern that requires increased efforts to address inequality and help those who need it most.

The report quoted Antonio Motta, Head of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Department at the International Federation in Europe, saying that the consequences of the Corona pandemic are like invisible scars or hidden wounds, as young people and children suffer from loneliness, stress and sadness, which can worsen over time, especially in light of the loss their families for jobs or even with the possibility that closures and other restrictions will continue to impede their access to education, training and work.

The International Federation also warned that the disruption caused by the epidemic had reached a critical point recently, noting that four university students had committed suicide on a university campus in France in the last quarter of last year 2020, while the French Red Cross established a rapid intervention team working around the clock. To support those at risk, they dealt in the first six months with 11 students, 8 of whom needed immediate hospital treatment.

A study conducted by the Spanish Red Cross among families with children revealed that the majority of them are currently living in extreme poverty, with nearly 40% unemployed and three quarters of them unable to bear the medical expenses of their children. anxiety or stress affecting their ability to emotionally support their children

The report indicated that research conducted by the Austrian Red Cross revealed that sleep and eating disorders among children had doubled.

In addition, refugee and immigrant children were greatly affected by the epidemic, as a third of them were unable to access school lessons online, and when forced to stay at home, they showed more behavioral problems.

The report called on the authorities and civil society organizations to expand programs and resources to assist youth and children at risk, including basic livelihood assistance, mental health support and psychosocial support.


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