Thursday 14 May 2020 / 12:01 AM Mental Health / Rosena Allin-Khan

Children must not be forgotten in this crisis – Rosena Allin-Khan comments on YoungMinds’ survey

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Mental Health Minister, commenting on YoungMinds’ survey of parents and carers on the mental health impact of Coronavirus on young people, said:

“It’s worrying, but not unexpected, that the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on so many people’s mental health.

“The Government must address the fact that a quarter of parents whose children had received mental health support in the previous three months said that their child was no longer able to access it even though they still needed it. This is a huge figure that has significant ramifications on young people’s health and long-term prospects. Children must not be forgotten in this crisis.

“All young people and families who need immediate mental health support must be able to access it.”

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Notes to editors:

  • YoungMinds has released launched their Beyond Tomorrow campaign and survey with parents and carers, today. The results show that:
    • 67% of respondents agreed that they are concerned about the long-term impact of the coronavirus on their child’s mental health. This rose to 77% among parents and carers whose children had required mental health support in the previous three months.
    • 29% of respondents disagreed that there was enough support (information, helplines and resources) available to help them and their child get through this time. 24% of respondents said that they would not know where to turn for advice and information on supporting their children’s mental health during this time.
    • Among respondents whose children had received mental health support in the previous three months (through the NHS, private providers, school counsellors, charities and helplines) 25% said that their child was no longer able to access it but still needed it.
    • 66% of respondents said that the coronavirus had had a negative impact on their own mental health.