According to Childline, the counselling service for children and young people provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), counselling sessions for this age group have increased by around 13 per cent since April 2020.
Despite this increase, the service has seen a 40 per cent decline in the number of volunteer counsellors across the UK.
The most common concerns raised by children and young people was their anxiety, depression, loneliness, low mood and low self-esteem, during the first lockdown.
Now that school children are no longer able to socialise with their friends at school or during other activities due to England’s third lockdown, there is concern that the mental health crisis amongst young people will worsen.
A volunteer for Childline states that some children “weren’t suicidal, but that’s how things felt for them because of Covid and what followed.”
Another revealed that “there have been a lot more mental health problems to do with the stress and uncertainty we’re all feeling about the pandemic.
“They’re missing their normal lives and not seeing an end to it [Covid], that’s one of the current themes.”
On 28 May 2020, the NSPCC reported that since the start of January 2020 Childline has delivered 6,938 counselling sessions to children and young people who have got in touch about Coronavirus.
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