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dc.contributor.authorBarrett, E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-05T15:13:41Z
dc.date.available2020-08-05T15:13:41Z
dc.date.issued2020-06
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J; Vol 113; No. 6; P91en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/628013
dc.descriptionSchool closure and re-opening has been a significant focus of debate worldwide. Many working with young people are concerned about the relative risks of school non- attendance, particularly for vulnerable groups. At least 90% of learners (1·5 billion young people) worldwide are now out of education, and “the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled” according to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.1 The COVID-19 crisis and school closures have the potential to have both negative and positive effects on young people’s mental health 2, 3. Young people have experienced profound losses. Limitations of social contacts, educational losses, psychological impact of infection control precautions, dilemmas regarding the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations, and sadly for some, fear, grief and bereavement, have weighed heavy on the mental health of some students. Ongoing reduced ability to play and exercise may impact on sleep, mood and anxiety levels. Children with pre-existing adverse life experiences, mental health disorders, or medical illnesses, may feel this most acutely. Closures also impact the health of carers/ parents. The unexpected and rapid transition to remote learning raises issues around parent/carer ability to support, as well as issues around equity and access. Socioeconomic and digital divides are apparent 3.We know that in addition to safety and security within their primary relationships, for optimal wellbeing children and young people need “opportunities to play and learn”.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectCORONAVIRUSen_US
dc.subjectCHILDRENen_US
dc.subjectSCHOOLSen_US
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_US
dc.titleNo Health without Mental Health: Risks and Benefits of School Closures during a Pandemicen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Dublinen_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-08-05T15:13:43Z


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