October 07, 2021 7 min read
When we think of mental health, we think of adults and the stresses in their lives that cause strain on their emotional wellbeing. But children are equally at-risk and with the pandemic disrupting school-going kids’ lives, including uncertainties on returning to school, exams, adoption of new methods of learning and hence their safety needs to be brought to the forefront and addressed.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2021, UNICEF has released a report on The State of the World's Children 2021 report, which states that an estimated 13 per cent of adolescents aged 10–19 is estimated to live with a diagnosed mental disorder.
While mental health has been an important area of concern across age groups, and needs to be an ongoing effort, the pandemic has brought the limelight on children as well.
2021 is the third year of the pandemic and the interruption to routines, education, recreation, as well as concern for family income and health, is leaving many young people feeling afraid, angry and concerned about their lives. With vaccines for kids still not as widely available, they need to be our focus.
Here are five ways to boost the mental health in kids:
As school-from-home and blended learning become the norm, children are at home more than before and require adequate attention as their cognitive ability to deal with drastic changes may not be as high as that of adults. Their mental health needs to be centerstage as we slowly return to normal. With traditional classrooms being disrupted, traditional ways of learning are also in need of a rethink.
Experiential learning can give children a sense of the real-world experience, retain concepts better and reduce overall screen time. Head to the Practically app for 3D videos, simulations and AR experiences! Also try out the new Scan Anything feature which helps you to learn from daily objects around you. When learning is fun, it is also less stressful
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