A Future Unlived: How Covid-19 Is Impacting Youth Mental Health
About the topic
Covid-19 has severely disrupted the lives of children and adolescents across the world, leading to an increase in mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, stress and depressive disorders. School closures and online learning in particular have contributed to feelings of isolation, to a loss of the stability that is typically provided by structured school environments, and to stress over examinations. Furthermore, the rise in social media exposure and screen time has caused an increase in anxiety and depressive disorders as well as disrupted sleep patterns. Studies have shown that the pandemic has been particularly hard on young women, younger youth and youth in lower-income countries. Unless urgent action is taken, young people are likely to suffer severe and long-lasting impacts from the pandemic.
Which actions have been taken until now by governments, health workers as well as international, local and youth organisations to respond to Covid-related mental health needs of young people around the world? What remains to be done, and where do potential obstacles lay? How to fight the pandemic without undermining the health and life prospects of the young generation?
It was to discuss these essential questions, find solutions and exchange viewpoints that the Think Tank Hub Geneva invited to its (virtual) table policy, research, health, and youth representatives.
“Debatable is a unique platform to foster dialogue between young people and experts, bringing different perspectives into light. An excellent way to challenge one’s views and enrich it through discussion”
– Cécile Rivière, participant, foraus’ board member and senior governmental affairs manager at Interpharma