From the Introduction: "Children are a vulnerable population during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic downturn: They are directly affected by COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent and control the spread of this disease. Although it is difficult to predict the precise number of children and youth who will present with a mental health condition for the first time or whose current conditions will worsen as a result of COVID-19, the prevalence of anxiety disorders and depression in children and youth will likely increase. This increase is especially likely as the prevalence of mental health disorders among children's caregivers and parents increases and as children and youth experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as the loss of a parent, caregiver, or loved one. Likewise, given that previous economic downturns have been shown to increase ACEs and to affect the mental health and well-being of children and youth, the economic factors of the pandemic add to the increased risk. This report addresses COVID-19's impact on the mental health of children and youth and is presented in two sections. The first section reviews three areas: The first area considers mental health outcomes and focuses on what previous pandemics and similar events tell us about changes in the levels of mental health conditions in children and youth, the second area focuses on how disruptions to communities and families affect the mental health of children and youth, and the third area considers how school closures and educational disruption affect student mental health. In the second section, we recommend several strategies that Oklahoma can implement to mitigate COVID-19's impact on the mental health of children, youth, and their families."
Healthy Minds Policy Initiative
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