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Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On

The situation was so serious, he said, that his team did not send children home for Christmas, as it usually would. Isolation has also disrupted the usual teenage transition, when young people move from belonging to their family to belonging to their peers, Dr. Vermeiren added. “They feel empty, lonely, and that loneliness brings them into despair,” he said.

In Italy, calls doubled last year to the main hotline for young people who have considered or attempted harming themselves. Beds in a child neuropsychiatry unit at a the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome have been full since October, said Dr. Stefano Vicari, the director of the unit.

Hospitalizations of young Italians who harmed themselves or attempted suicide have increased 30 percent in the second wave of cases, he added. Read from source….