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Kids’ anxiety, depression soars during pandemic

Austin noted that if someone is concerned about a change in their child’s behaviour, but the child is not verbalizing their concerns, they should reach out to a doctor. Photo: Pexels

(Kayla Rosen/ CTV News) — One Canadian organization is sounding the alarm on children’s mental health, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has made a bad situation even worse. Children First Canada and its partners are declaring a #codePINK, representing a pediatric emergency.

“The kids are not alright,” said Sara Austin of Children First Canada. “They’ve suffered in silence at home for far too long. It’s taking an enormous toll on their mental and physical health.”

Austin noted the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on kids, because they’ve been confined at home for weeks or months on end, while also being cut off from extended family, friends, supports, and programs that are essential to their health and well-being. (…)

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