Coronavirus: 'My mum won't hug me' – rise in calls to Childline about pandemic – Sky News, Sky.com
Coronavirus fears are taking a growing toll on the mental health of Britain’s young people, according to Childline.
The child counseling service says it has delivered more than 914 sessions to children worried about the coronavirus , which has infected more than 502, people around the world.
Almost two-thirds (618) of the Childline sessions took place between 27 and March, while the peak was 29 March, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced school closures. There were 162 calls that day.
The charity said that more than of the sessions that week were with Children who had suicidal thoughts made worse by their concerns about the virus.
One girl told the helpline: “My mum and I have a good relationship but she’s really obsessed with the news and she won’t hug me or get very close to me.
“It scares me to think this will go on for months. She constantly talks about the coronavirus and my anxiety is getting worse.”
For children with difficult home lives, friends and schools might have provided a support network but, due to restrictions implemented to stop the spread of COVID- 29 , these support networks have been cut off.