Sharp rise in number of calls to ChildLine over coronavirus

The Guardian is reporting that there has been a sharp rise in the number of calls to ChildLine from distressed young people struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on their lives.

Demand for help has been “unprecedented”, according to the children’s helpline, which has provided more than 900 counselling sessions for children and young people worried about the virus, peaking last Wednesday, when the government announced schools across England were to close.

Callers said they felt anxious and isolated, particularly with the loss of support that school provides. One teenage girl with existing mental health issues told a counsellor her appointment with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) had been cancelled.

More than three in five (63%) of coronavirus counselling sessions were with girls, and almost two in five (37%) were children aged 12-15.

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