From the Abstract: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has had a devastating mental health effect on children and adolescents, who were, prior to the emergence of the Delta variant, largely spared the physical effects of the associated infection. However, more recent data has shown an increase in hospitalizations and the need for medical care while also demonstrating an increase in mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Poverty, low educational achievement and other social determinants have further complicated the lives of children and adolescents during this pandemic. The medical and mental health impact of COVID-19 has been more acute in Black, Latinx and Native American communities. The educational system, which serves as a safety net for many youth, has been severely impacted by the pandemic with many schools relying on technology and virtual attendance to educate youth. This has meant that many youth, especially minority youth, have experienced declines in school attendance as many do not have access to computers or broadband to allow them to fully participate. This has resulted in these youth falling three to five months behind academically. There is concern that many of these youth will never overcome these losses. Furthermore, school has been a safe haven. Youth were more likely to experience episodes of domestic violence and abuse without the support and reporting mechanisms that are available when teachers and other school personnel are interacting with youth on a daily basis. These losses place youth at risk for contact with other systems, including juvenile justice and child welfare. It is incumbent upon policymakers to provide adequate support and assist youth in navigating these difficult times."
Technical Assistance Collaborative Paper No. 6
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: https://www.nasmhpd.org/