Pandemic takes mental health toll on US youngsters

New York (AFP) – Anxiety, depression, self-harm and even suicide: a growing number of children in the United States are struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, doctors, teachers, parents and the government are all warning. Millions of students have been attending school virtually since March last year, spending hours in front of computers, without playing games or chatting with friends in person and missing out on sports and face-to-face art or music classes. “There’s a lot of loneliness for me and other teens,” said Sarah Frank, an 18-year-old from Florida, who ha…

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