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Youth Mental Health and Covid-19: How can we build back fairer?

In 2021, a Policy Lab was held as the culminating event of a jointly run conference exploring the impacts of COVID-19 and related responses on the mental health of young people in disadvantaged, marginalised, and vulnerable groups. Here we present our recommendations for policy makers.

COVID-19 has been challenging for the mental health of children and young people in the United Kingdom (UK). There has been significant upheaval in their school, family, and social lives, and many continue to have concerns about impacts on their mental health, their education, and their futures.

Following “Youth Mental Health and Covid-19”, a conference run by the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, The Policy Institute and Emerging Minds, a policy lab was held to identify the most pressing challenges for children and young people’s mental health and what we can do to “build back fairer” over the short, medium, and long-term. 

Over two days, participants from policy, academia, civil society and schools, as well as young people, including those with lived experience of mental health issues, and parents and carers, discussed these key topics.

The below Briefing Note presents the key points of discussion and recommendations emerging from the lab.

Download the Briefing Note

This document presents the key points of discussion and recommendations emerging from the lab.

Download the Briefing Summary

This document summarises the key themes and recommendations emerging from the lab.

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Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan

Professor of Social Epidemiology

Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher

Reader in Developmental Psychopathology

Lucy Strang

Lucy Strang

Research Associate

Gemma Knowles

Gemma Knowles

Research Associate

Charlotte Gayer-Anderson

Charlotte Gayer-Anderson

Research Fellow

Alexandra Pollitt

Alexandra Pollitt

Director of Research

Verity Buckley

Verity Buckley

Impact Projects Manager

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