The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the mental health and well-being of an entire generation. Disruptions in routines, education and recreation, as well as instability in family income and health, has caused many children and adolescents to be without access to safe environments, supportive relationships and access to mental health support.
Though the pandemic has increased mental health issues in this generation, mental health of children and adolescents has been cause for concern even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Historical under-investment in mental health has led to serious gaps in prevention and care, and the role of social media on mental health is increasingly the subject of debate.
The committee should debate new measures as well as find ways to effectively implement known measures to improve the mental health among youths.