Impact #4: Mental Health Crisis
- There has been interference with their developmental process
- Their trajectory has been interrupted
- Uncertainty is swelling
- Grief and loss over loved ones, as well as the loss of school rituals, routines, and milestones
Source: Insurance Claim Data Show How Much Teen Mental Health Has Suffered During the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic | Time | Jeffrey Kluger
The COVID-19 pandemic may worsen existing mental health problems and lead to more cases among children and adolescents because of the unique combination of the public health crisis, social isolation, and economic recession.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Mental Health for Children and Adolescents by Ezra Golberstein, PhD; Hefei Wen, PhD; Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD
Mental health and academic achievement are linked, research shows. Chronic stress changes the chemical and physical structure of the brain, impairing cognitive skills like attention, concentration, memory, and creativity.