A new study is ringing alarm bells about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children. British Columbia’s children’s watchdog along with researchers at Simon Fraser University have found a potentially troubling pattern in previous public health crises.

In a report completed by B.C.’s Office of the Representative for Children and Youth and released on Monday, researchers concluded decisions must be made to ensure children “do not experience additional avoidable adversities due to either the pandemic or the public health responses.”

The new report points to some key objectives for the province. It calls on the government to provide additional necessary prevention and treatment services and ensure that public investments go towards effective interventions.

The researchers are warning lawmakers to prevent avoidable childhood adversities including reducing socio-economic disparities, and that a key to avoiding problems is tracking children’s outcomes so that all British Columbians can see the progress. Nadia Stewart explains.

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