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Mental health support: what nurses can do to help young people

Learning disability nurses should highlight the mental health needs of children and young people and offer support, with social isolation increasing those needs
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Learning disability nurses should highlight the mental health needs of children and young people and offer support, with social isolation increasing those needs

  • Children with learning disabilities were already more likely to develop mental health problems but COVID-19 has made things worse
  • Surveys show parents have observed symptoms of anxiety and many reported their children were often unhappy, downhearted or tearful
  • Learning disability nurses can help by highlighting the mental health needs of the young people they are supporting to other service

The evidence is becoming ever clearer that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the mental health of children.

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