Supporting Child Well-Being Through Responding to COVID Changes at School [Wisconsin].
Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health.
Fact Sheet State Resource
Published: April 2021
This fact sheet explains for children already struggling with a mental health or family issue, the COVID-19 pandemic is especially challenging. It notes children with special education needs, low-income, and children in rural areas are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and require additional support upon returning to in-person learning. Statistics are shared that indicate: insurance companies report a 100% increase in the percentage of self-harm, substance use, and mental health claims for teen in 2020 as compared to 2019; Wisconsin is one of the top five States for having the most insurance claims submitted for intentional self-harm injuries during the pandemic; and college students are reporting increased depressive symptoms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are negatively affecting their academic performance. The development of the Voices of Wisconsin Students’ Project to gather more insights about how middle and high school students are coping with school, learning, sources of stress, and life in general during the COVID-19 pandemic is explained, and includes input from students gathered from 23 different focus groups. Recommendations for supporting child well-being by responding to COVID changes at school are made for policymakers, parents, schools/teachers, and communities. 8 references.
Wisconsin; COVID-19; Schools; School linked services; State disaster response; School children; Child health; Child safety; Prevention programs; Well being; Remote service delivery