The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a shadow pandemics of violence against women and youth mental crisis

  • 2 in 5 women said that COVID-19 has worsened their overall mental and emotional health. Women who experienced or know women who experienced violence since COVID-19 were 1.3 times as likely to report increased mental and emotional stress as women who did not.
  • The findings revealed that women are feeling less safe at home as conflicts between adults at home has increased, along with the occurrence or threat of physical violence, or because other women in the household have been hurt.
  • Socio-economic stressors such as employment and external stressors such as food insecurity and family relations have a significant impact, not only on experiences of violence or feelings of safety but also on women’s well-being overall.
  • Violence against women in public spaces remains a key deterrent to women’s mobility during COVID-19. It limits their access to employment, essential services, and recreational activities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being.

Find out more about women situation:

Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

Whose time to care: Unpaid care and domestic work during COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and young people.

  • The general situation in the countries and their localities has affected the daily life of young people as 46% report having less motivation to do activities they usually enjoyed. 36% feel less motivated to do regular chores.
  • Their perception of the future has also been negatively affected, particularly in the case of young women who have and are facing particular difficulties. 43% of the women feel pessimistic about the future compared to 31% of the male participants.
  • A situation that generates deep concern and is a call to national health authorities is that 73% have felt the need to ask for help concerning their physical and mental well-being. Despite this, 40% did not ask for help.
  • This figure rises to 43% in the case of women. Health centers and specialized hospitals (50%) followed by worship centers (26%) and online services (23%) are the main mechanisms where they would seek help if needed.
  • Young women report higher percentage of anxiety (27%) and depression (15%), the main reason influencing their current emotions is the economic situation.

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of adolescents and youth

Some facts from another report, this time from U.S. :

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy’s 53-page advisory. There also appear to be increases in negative emotions or behaviors such as impulsivity and irritability — associated with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.
  • In early 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to the same time period in early 2019, according to research cited in the advisory.

Surgeon general warns of emerging youth mental health crisis in rare public advisory

Find out more about adolescents situation:

The hidden health crisis: the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on young people’s mental health

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in Adolescents: A Systematic Review