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The Covid-19 epidemic has only worsened the mental health of children and adolescents around the world, which requires more investment, warns Unicef ​​in a report published on Tuesday.

“The consequences of the pandemic are enormous, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Before it even happened, far too many children with mental health problems were not caught. in charge “, assured the general director of Unicef, Henrietta Fiore, in a press release.

Globally, “more than one in seven adolescents aged 10 to 19 are believed to be living with a diagnosed mental disorder,” and “nearly 46,000 adolescents commit suicide each year, making it one of the top five causes of death for this age group “, according to Unicef.

According to Unicef, the situation has been worsened by the Covid pandemic and the restrictions it has brought about. “At least one in seven children in the world has been directly affected by containment measures and more than 1.6 billion children have seen their education negatively affected,” said the organization.

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