Not only did youth mental health difficulties increase during COVID-19, but they became more prevalent as the pandemic persisted.
New research shows the dire effects of the pandemic on the mental health of children and youth, with as many as 25 per cent of young people affected. Immediate action can help address this distress.
Many young people don’t recover from depression, and exercise can help prevent it from developing in the first place.
Research indicates exercise is effective for improving mood and preventing the development of depression in young people.
Mental disorders affected one in seven students and were associated with being less connected and engaged at school, having lower attendance rates, and poorer academic outcomes than their peers.
A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year nine.
Teachers and parents can help identify signs of mental ill health and connect adolescents with appropriate professional help.
Mental disorders are debilitating and often emerge in adolescence. Identifying these problems and intervening early helps reduce their impact on social, emotional and academic function, which, unheeded…