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Supporting Children — By Supporting Practitioners and Families During COVID-19 and Beyond

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Date created
2020
Authors/Contributors
Author: Schwartz, C
Author: Yung, D
Author: Barican, J
Author: Waddell, C
Abstract
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new and urgent mental health challenges for children. This public health crisis has also caused novel challenges in the delivery of services to children in need. Methods: We conducted a rapid research review detailing safe, effective and efficient ways of delivering mental health services to children experiencing anxiety, the most common mental health concern faced by young people. Results: We outline the delivery cognitive-behavioural therapy, the most effective prevention intervention and treatment for childhood anxiety, using both virtual and self-directed formats. We also identify an effective pharmaceutical, fluoxetine, for children who require medication. Conclusions: COVID-19 has caused significant disruption in the lives of children, including increased anxiety for many. Our findings detail a path forward for helping children with anxiety during COVID-19 and beyond.
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No
Language
English

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