Three in four parents say they are worried about their child’s mental health following the pandemic, a new survey has found.

The survey of more than 2,000 parents, commissioned by BBC Bitesize and Netmums, found that 74% of parents are concerned about their child’s mental health, with the same proportion reporting that their child’s mental health had become a greater priority for them since the pandemic.

Nearly half, 44%, said that their child had experienced mental health challenges, and 46% said their child had been lonely because of the pandemic.

The results also showed the impact of lockdowns on children’s social skills and confidence.

Parents have told us since the earliest days of the pandemic that their children’s mental health was becoming a growing concern  Anne-Marie O’Leary, Netmums

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Important quote:

“The statistics speak for themselves, concerns about child mental health and the overall well being of families post-pandemic are reaching a crunch point.” ~ Helen Foulkes, head of content production from BBC

She added that the latest research “evidences just how severe the cumulative impact of two years of interrupted schooling and social distancing measures has been”.