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HBSC data used by UNICEF in 'State of the World's Children 2021'

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the mental health of a generation of children and young people, as many around the world have been locked out of classrooms, isolated in their homes and denied the everyday joy of playing with friends. A new analysis from UNICEF shows that children and young people could feel the impacts of the pandemic on their mental health and well-being for many years to come.

The 2021 edition of 'The State of the World’s Children' examines mental health, with a special focus on how protective factors such as loving caregivers, safe school environments, and positive peer relationships, can help reduce the risk of mental disorders in the home, school and community and shape mental health outcomes.

Against a backdrop of rising awareness of mental health issues, and growing demand for action, the report argues that we now have a unique opportunity to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children and care for children facing the greatest challenges. 

While protective factors can help reduce the risk of mental disorders, significant barriers, including stigma, are preventing too many children from experiencing positive mental health or accessing the support they need.

The report demands urgent investment in child and adolescent mental health across sectors and increased investment in evidence and data generation. 

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[05-10-2021 to 29-07-2022]

 


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