Public mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: impacts on children’s rights

Maclachlan, A. , McMellon, C. and Inchley, J. (2022) Public mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: impacts on children’s rights. International Journal of Human Rights, (doi: 10.1080/13642987.2022.2057958) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Restrictions on social and economic activities imposed by governments around the world in response to COVID-19, including the closure of schools and childcare facilities, have had a detrimental impact on children's mental health and wellbeing. Initial responses to support mental health during the pandemic have largely focussed on immediate support and crisis management. However, as governments plan for recovery from the pandemic it is important to focus on the wider determinants of children's mental health including their relationships and the environments and societies in which they live in order to prevent a future global mental health crisis. This narrative review draws on the Independent Children's Rights Impact Assessment on the response to COVID-19 in Scotland to evaluate how the measures implemented by the Scottish Government have impacted on children's rights related to the wider determinants of mental health. The review reflects on the indivisibility of both children's rights and the different aspects of children's lives, particularly when considering issues such as mental health. Using the Scottish context as an exemplar, it highlights the value of a rights-based framework for providing a holistic view that can inform preventative approaches to support better mental health among children in the future.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Children’s rights, mental health, public health, COVID19, pandemic.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMellon, Dr Christina and Maclachlan, Dr Alice and Inchley, Dr Joanna
Authors: Maclachlan, A., McMellon, C., and Inchley, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:International Journal of Human Rights
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1364-2987
ISSN (Online):1744-053X
Published Online:05 May 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Human Rights 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303369Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) NetworkJoanna InchleyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/S004351/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Complexity in healthSharon SimpsonMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Complexity in healthSharon SimpsonChief Scientist Office (CSO)SPHSU16HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit