Challenging Times: UL researchers tackle youth mental health during COVID-19

COVID-19 and the resulting ‘lockdown life’ has led to major disruptions to the lives of young people and their families that threaten their wellbeing. A team of experts at the University of Limerick have launched a new study to explore how students aged 4 – 18 years and their families are coping during COVID-19 to identify what advice and support can protect their mental health during a period of rapidly evolving pressures. The study entitled Co-SPACE (COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics) is linked to a study of the same name in the UK being led by Professor Cathy Creswell and Dr Polly Waite of the Department of Psychiatry & Experimental Psychology, Univers

Supporting Youth Wellbeing during COVID-19

On the 11th of March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic. The global health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are obvious, with over 75,000 deaths so far, and yet the social, economic and psychological consequences are also serious and far-reaching. Physically, youths are faring well in terms of health outcomes with COVID-19, many of whom are asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms, but they are receiving attention in the media, described as vectors or ‘super-spreaders’ of the disease. Some portrayals of young people in Ireland have been less than sympathetic — the most critical describe this generation as irresponsible

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