A Tyrolean study that looked at the mental health of children and adolescents during the pandemic for two years has revealed worrying results. “A third has clinically manifest fears that require treatment,” explained child psychiatrist and study author Kathrin Sevecke at a press conference in Innsbruck. The results coincide with those of other countries in Europe and also with experiences that are made in the inpatient area.
More self harm
In 2021, 40 percent more acute admissions were recorded in Tyrol because of self-harm or suicidal behavior. “The trend was confirmed in 2022,” said the Primaria at the Hall State Hospital. Sevecke urged politicians to act. It needs “more places in the stationary area”.
But there are also indications of so-called “post-traumatic growth”, whereby stronger cohesion in the family, the acquisition of new skills or new independence have been observed. Ann-Christin Jahnke-Majorkovits, clinical psychologist at the regional hospital in Hall, generally advises parents to be sensitive and to pay attention to signals. “Responding promptly and appropriately is the definition of parental sensitivity.” In this way, children would take on a kind of security that, like the foundation of a house, creates stable mental health.
Also important: “It’s better to seek help sooner than too late!”
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