Schools across the country reopened this year after a two-year hiatus for online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, teachers and psychologists say that the effect of this is still affecting the children.
Students Mental Health: The Corona epidemic has created chaos all over the world. Due to the impact of Covid-19, all sectors have collapsed. Schools across the country reopened this year after a two-year hiatus for online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, teachers and psychologists say that the effect of this is still affecting the children. Children coming to school after Corona are not mentally strong. There is concern that children returning to school are facing psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and emotional distress. Experts say this is especially common among students who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many mental health consequences and challenges to children and adolescents alike. Sadness, fear, uncertainty, social isolation, and increased screen time negatively affected children’s mental health. Friendships and family support are strong forces for children. But COVID-19 has disrupted this, UNICEF said.
“Schools should educate children to empathize with others and support each other in times of stress and anxiety. There is no mechanism to curb the problem of mood swings and anxiety among school going children. But teaching it to every child, empathizing with others can help control the situation,” said Puducherry-based clinical psychologist Dr Pulkit Sharma.
Tension among youth
Experts emphasize that tension has increased among the youth. If this anxiety is not treated, it will lead to serious mental illness problems. “Previous studies have indicated that cases of depression and other mental problems among the youth have increased manifold – lack of concentration is a sign of problems later in a child’s life,” he said.
Uncertainty and stress in their own lives make it difficult for parents to calm their children’s anxieties. Professional or emotional challenges that parents face can interfere with their normal ability to address their children’s needs and concerns.
A lot needs to be said about the introduction of social-emotional learning programs and counseling sessions in schools across the country. Experts say that there is a need to be sensitive to this condition and it takes at least a year or more to bring the affected children back to normal life and the outside world.
Recently, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has introduced some guidelines for early detection and intervention of mental health problems in school going children and adolescents following the Mental Health Survey among school children.
“Schools are generally places where learners are expected to thrive in a healthy, safe environment. School management, principal, teachers, other staff, students all spend one-third of the day. Schools operate approximately 220 days a year. In residential schools the length of stay of a student is longer. Therefore, it is the responsibility of schools and hostels to ensure the safety, learning, health, nutrition and well-being of all children in schools and hostels. NCERT has issued guidelines.
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