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2021 Children’s Mental Health Report

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children’s Mental Health: What We Know So Far

Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health professionals were struggling to meet the needs of the 1 in 5 children and adolescents with a mental health or learning disorder. Then the pandemic hit, bringing an upsurge in youth reporting mental health challenges.

In this report, we examine the growing body of research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, including the results of a survey of thousands of parents conducted by the Child Mind Institute. We explore several key questions, including:

  • What do we know about how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental health?
  • What are some of the most common mental health challenges that children and adolescents have experienced?
  • What are the major risk factors for experiencing mental health challenges during the pandemic?
  • What do we know about the potential long-term mental health effects of the pandemic?
  • How can we reduce the mental health impacts of the next global public health crisis — and the remainder of this one?

Survey Results

Plus, we share survey results from our partners at the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. These results shed light on the perspectives of educators and teenagers, who were surveyed in the summer of 2021 about their experiences during the pandemic and their concerns about mental health challenges in the new school year.

Teenagers

Learn more about the findings from teenagers

Educators

Learn more about the findings from educators

Additional Resources

You can also download a summary of report highlights, along with practical tips for caregivers and educators from the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. The tips cover strategies for supporting young people’s mental health and learning as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic.