The mental health of Victorian children and teens, a low-risk age group for COVID-19, suffers after being forced into a fourth lockdown in 12 months.
Kids Helpline, a 24-hour, 24/7 secret support and counseling service between the ages of 5 and 25, has seen a 184% increase in Victorian teen teen suicide attempts over the past six months. Clarified.
Young people between the ages of 13 and 18 accounted for three-quarters of all crisis interventions from December 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021.
Calls for help from 5-year-old elementary school students also increased significantly by 80% year-on-year in the 12 months to March (up to March).pdf).
Schools in Victoria are closed for a total of more than 22 weeks, or about half of the school year, compared to a week in South Australia and about a month in NSW.
According to Kids Helpline Project Manager Leo Hede, young people are turning to hotlines for help, where schools and community networks used to play a supporting role.
“Children and adolescents also felt the impact of media and news coverage, including high illness rates, deaths, and’doom scrolling’on social media feeds.” Hede said News Corporation
Many young people are consuming more social media during lockdowns where they are banned from going out.But some the study Social media shows that while you can easily connect with your friends online, you can’t replace the real connection.
A British study found that frequent use of social media reduced the self-esteem and well-being scores of teens, and the onset of a pandemic only increased mental well-being.
“Regardless of the youth’s pre-existing mental health, frequent use of social media and reduced physical activity are associated with worsening well-being and self-esteem as the youth grows older.” The report states.
Pole A February study by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne revealed the top three concerns parents have about their children in relation to the Internet. Over 90% of parents find their child spending too much time on the device, which is a big problem.
Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg wrote in Herald Sun’s editorial that school closures should only be used as a last resort.
“Many children are lagging behind in learning due to school closures.” Freidenberg said“But what’s difficult to deal with is the impact on mental health.”
The Victorian government has voted to pass a new mental health tax law that pays more than $ 10 million in wages nationwide, paying an additional 0.5% tax.
The tax was recommended by the state’s royal mental health committee and found that the system was failing for patients and required a complete restructuring.
“Reliable care for the mental health of Victorians makes sense not only at a very personal level, but also at an economic level,” Secretary of State said. Tim Pallas said“This measure saves billions of dollars for our economy and, most importantly, saves lives.”
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