Schools closures risk ‘calamitous’ impact on children’s mental health, paediatricians warn

 Schools closures risk ‘calamitous’ impact on children’s mental health, paediatricians warn

Depression among the young is at ‘frightening’ levels and keeping schools shut risks having ‘calamitous’ impact on children’s mental health, paediatricians warn

  • Experts warn children are experiencing anxiety, self harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Parents showing signs of emotional distress and breakdowns due to pressure
  • In the US, Las Vegas schools are reopening after 18 students took their own lives
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or click here for details 

By Luke May For Mailonline

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Depression among pupils is at ‘frightening’ levels, paediatrcians have warned, as they urge the Government to reopen schools or risk a ‘calamitous,’ impact on children’s mental health. 

Ten of the UK’s top exerts in child health say anxiety, self harma nd suicidal thoughts have reached frightening levels among children.

Schools have been shut across the country since the start of England’s third national lockdown after 10 months of disruption brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to confirm this week that the Government has abandoned plans for a full-return to classrooms after the February half-term.

Instead a phased return could begin closer to Easter.

But concerns are growing over pupils’ mental health, with paediatricians writing in a letter in The Times today that lockdown could have a ‘calamitous impact on a generation of

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