Children and young people’s mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

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May 15, 2021


A new report, published today (08.06.21) by Public Health Wales, identifies a range of activities and behaviours that helped young people deal with the difficult changes to their lives during the pandemic.

Spending time outside, keeping physically active, engaging in creative activities and hobbies, establishing routines, maintaining contact with friends online and being aware of the nature of Coronavirus and how to prevent its spread all helped reduce the negative mental health impacts of the pandemic.

Public Health Wales commissioned Alma Economics to review the research evidence on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the associated government measures on the mental well-being of babies, children, and young people.

‘The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental wellbeing of children and young people in Wales: literature review’ was conducted using a series of existing survey data and published research studies, to identify mental health challenges that young people experienced and some of the protective factors that helped to safeguard their mental health and well-being throughout the pandemic.

This report, along with evidence from talking to young people and teachers in Wales, will help inform a detailed Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) Report, that will provide recommendations and is due to be published later this year.




Referenced by: Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre (2021) 'What is the impact of educational and other restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on children aged 3-13 years in terms of: i) exacerbating and mitigating factors that have contributed to physical or mental health harms; ii) exacerbated or newly introduced social and educational inequalities; and iii) facilitators/barriers to interventions aimed at enhancing physical and mental health or reducing inequalities? [Rapid review] report number – RR00013'. Cardiff: Health and Care Research Wales.

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