Topic 3 Well-being during pandemic

  • The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fundamental changes to the lives of children and young people.
  • Some children and young people, especially those with certain characteristics, such as those who are disadvantaged economically, females, and those with pre-existing mental health needs, appear to have experienced greater negative impacts on their mental health and wellbeing (Public Health England, 2021).
  • Several studies reported an increase in depressive and anxious symptoms, and anger in children (Bignardi et al., 2020; Cost et al. 2021; Zainel et al. 2021).
  • Schools and colleges have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and well-being of their pupils and students, by developing approaches tailored to the particular needs of their pupils and students. Taking a coordinated and evidence-informed approach to mental health and well-being in schools and colleges can also help foster readiness to learn.