During the Covid-19 pandemic, girls and boys all over India experienced anxiety disorders and problems sleeping due to high stress. This is revealed by the results of research conducted by Save the Children, which also show an increase in cases of domestic violence and child labour.
According to the data of the study, 27% of children suffer from loneliness; one in 10 children also stated that someone in their circle of friends uses drugs or other addictive substances, while 3% said they themselves use these substances. The research also showed that 39% of children across the country feared death, illness or separation from a loved one during the pandemic.
"The mental wellbeing of children – it reads on the Save the Children website - has been negatively affected by isolation and lack of interaction with peers during the lockdown, and these have been devastating results, both for parents and administrators, and must trigger immediate action towards the affected children".
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