The report said there has been a greater change in the prevalence of major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders globally, potentially reflecting “the profound impact of school closures and social restrictions on youth mental health”.
Extended school and university closures disrupted routines and social interactions, meaning young people missed out on experiences expected for learning and healthy development. Disruption and isolation fueled feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and loneliness, and led to affective and behavioral problems.
“For example, restrictions imposed during the COVID pandemic had significant mental health consequences for many people, including depression, disconnection and uncertainty about the future stemming from stress, anxiety or social isolation,” the report said. “
“For some children and adolescents, staying at home may increase the risk of family stress or abuse, which are known risk factors for mental health problems,” it added.
The WHO report estimates that more than a billion people are living with a mental health condition, after increasing by more than 25 percent during the first year of the pandemic.
The report also found that bullying and sexual abuse were the largest contributors to rising depression among children worldwide.
Whereas before the pandemic, the WHO estimated that one in seven (14 percent) children had a mental health disorder. Post-epidemic growth in children may be significant.
The WHO has called for immediate action to transform mental health care. The report also urged all countries to expedite the implementation of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030.
It makes a number of recommendations for action, including increasing investment in mental health, reducing risk, building resilience and removing barriers that prevent people with mental health conditions from participating fully in society, and Diversify and expand care options for all mental health conditions.
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