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Nearly 25% of parents sought mental health treatment for their child during pandemic

Nearly one-quarter (23%) of Irish parents to under-18s sought mental health treatment for their child during the pandemic.

This is a 7% increase since the year 2020, with 57% of the same parents having their child diagnosed with a mental health difficulty, which is an increase of 20% since 2020.

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When asked about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s mental health, 62% of parents stated that they were concerned while 49% believed that the pandemic has negatively impacted their child’s mental health.

The data, which came from the Annual Attitudes to Mental Health and Stigma survey, found that 43% of respondents reported that either themselves or a family member had received support for a mental health difficulty since March 2020.

The survey, which was conducted online, had a representative sample of 842 adults between June 30th and July 7th.

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Approximately 41% of adults said that they had been treated for a mental health issue at some point in their lives, which according to researchers, is a steady increase by up to 16% since 2019.

A spokeswoman for St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services stated that despite the higher number of people experiencing mental health issues, 66% believe that being treated for a mental health issue in Ireland is still seen as a sign of “personal failure”, with 16% believing that it would be “a sign of weakness” if they sought mental health treatment.

The spokeswoman stated, “These figures highlight the need for a sustained approach to tackling mental health stigma in Ireland,”.

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