When the Kovid-19 hit China in January, the Ministry of Education postponed the start of the spring semester to the end of April. That shutdown separated the children from their friends and their extensive community networks, and seems to have affected their mental well-being.
The study, published Friday at the JAMA Network Open, compared reports of mental health problems in November – before the epidemic began – in mid-May, two weeks into the new Spring semester when the schools were reopened.
Researchers at Anhui Medical University regained results from the survey for 1,241 students who were in 8th through 8th grade and in junior high. The children lived in Chizhou, Anhui province, an area that did not have a large number of Kovid-19 cases.
About 25% of the students reported symptoms of depressive disorder in May, when only 19% had it in November. Suicide attempts in May were more than double – 6.4%, compared to 3% of those who attempted suicide in November. No such increase was noted in reports of children who felt increased anxiety.
In-person school benefits reveal virus risk
As states have said schools were reopened safely earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics inspired students to be physically present in classrooms instead of continuing distance education for their own good did.
“” The importance of in-person learning is well documented, and there is already evidence of negative effects on children due to school closures in the spring of 2020. Long hours away from school and associated interruptions of support services often have social consequences. Isolation makes it difficult to identify and address child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse, depression and suicidal tendencies along with a lack of significant learning for schools, ”the group said.
What did it look like when the schools reopened
More students and teachers tested positive for Kovid-19, with some schools suddenly being forced to change plans, while others forced the school year to give teachers more time to prepare for in-person classes Opted to delay the beginning.
Announcing a delay at an August briefing, Kentucky Village’s Andy Beshears said, “What we know is that kids have a hard time social mess. And we can’t just put them in class with a teacher.”
“Other states have tried to open this new school year that is now closing. We don’t want to start and stop. It can be more difficult on our children,” he said.
Schools across the country have reported system outages, cyberbaitaxes and other issues, which prompted some districts to postpone the first day of class.
If you are experiencing a suicidal crisis, you can call the National Suicide Preventer Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line by texting 741741 at home to Texas for help.
Nicole Chavez, Christina Maxoris and Alicia Lee of CNN contributed to this story.