The impact of violence and the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health

Each year, more than a billion children are victims of violence. The direct and long-term effects of child abuse on children with mental health are well known.

Despite international promises to end violence against children and improve their mental health, there is a serious lack of investment and opportunities to provide better preparedness, fundamental rights, and adequate culture … provisions … psychiatric care in the entire world. The emergence of the COVID-19 disease has combined these challenges. This article describes how children are involved in trauma and how the illness reduces child well-being and mental health services. The article argues that child protection, mental health, and other vital services must be a priority during and after an illness. Failure to do so will compromise the ability of the international community to achieve the Development Goals by 2030 and its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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 The coronavirus is affecting us seriously. First of all, nervousness. We are discouraged because we live at home. It hurts and I have never felt so happy. I feel like I can’t stay home.

I do not like this situation. We wanted to announce the end of Ebola, but now the coronavirus has arrived. We lived at home, we went to school, we went to church, and we went to meetings. And although isolation protects us from infection, it leads to hunger that can also kill us.

1) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees the right of every child to be free from violence and to the highest possible level of mental health.

2) They face violence in many forms and in many places, whether online or offline. A child may be subjected to violence, may witness it directly, or be exposed in some other way. Exposure to violence against children can increase a wide range of psychopathologies in adults, including disorders that affect mood, anxiety levels, and behavior.

3) Despite the commitments made by the international community, there has been a serious lack of investment and capacity to provide quality, rights-based, and culturally appropriate mental health care globally, even though mental health is constantly identified by the children themselves as one of the main causes concern.

4) The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these challenges. While the data we have so far is only indicative, mitigation measures taken in response to COVID-19 have increased the risk of children experiencing or being exposed to violence in the home due to school closings, confinements, and increased family-related stress to work loss, isolation, and anguish over health and finances.

5) The World Health Organization has also reported that children with disabilities, children who live in crowded environments, and those who live and work on the streets are particularly vulnerable to violence and abuse.

6) The widespread use of online platforms to mitigate the impact of school closings on children’s education has exacerbated the problem of violence against children online, with children spending a greater proportion of their time unattended on the Internet.

Furthermore, the increase in the number of people requiring mental health care or psychosocial support during the pandemic has been compounded by the disruption of health services in many countries. Health systems have been affected by the infection of mental health workers with the virus and the closure of face-to-face services. In many countries, community services have not been combined. The result has been that many children with existing mental health problems have not been able to receive the necessary care and support.

The financial impact of the pandemic will undoubtedly affect the resources available to states to mitigate its effects. However, even when resources are limited, there is always a choice. The cost to children and society of not strengthening child protection and mental health systems during the recovery phase is simply too high to ignore.

We are at a critical juncture in the lives of the generation of children who will be the most affected by COVID-19. We must do everything possible to ensure that they do not become the main victims of the pandemic, but rather build a better world in which their rights are promoted and protected and where no child is left behind. If we don’t, the promises made to children through the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 2030 Agenda will not be kept.