Mental health specialists have described the phenomena of “locked-in trauma” plaguing youngsters after more than a year of lockdowns, with children as young as five experiencing anxiety, including about playing with others.
The experts also believe that some 1.5 million children and young people will need treatment for mental health problems after the waves of lockdowns and social distancing, with waiting lists on the NHS so long — up to four years in some parts of the country — that many parents are opting to pay privately for care.
The newspaper reported that in the 12 months since the beginning of the first lockdown (March 2020), the National Health Service has treated more than 420,000 young people and children for mental health issues, rising 11 per cent in two years.
Doctors and mental health professionals have warned in the last several months of the effect of lockdown on children, and the rising number of those exhibiting mental health problems.
The following week, a London psychologist said that without a doubt, the lockdown had caused the surge in mental health support referrals for children, and had likewise seen a rise in minors overdosing or cutting themselves at A&E.
That same month a BBC investigation found that the number of children between the ages of nine and 12 self-harming had doubled in six years, with specialists observing that mental health issues were “increasing in this very young age range”!