Global Health & Medicine 2021;3(2):119-121.
Care for children's mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan
Usami M, Sasaki S, Sunakawa H, Toguchi Y, Tanese S, Saito K, Shinohara R, Kurokochi T, Sugimoto K, Itagaki K, Yoshida Y, Namekata S, Takahashi M, Harada I, Hakoshima Y, Inazaki K, Yoshimura Y, Mizumoto Y
COVID-19 causes very serious issues all over the world. In Japan, the number of new infections in Tokyo exceeded 2,000 for the first time on 7 January 2021, and the situation is becoming increasingly serious. Japan is in the midst of its third big outbreak. Japanese society will face several challenges regarding children's mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to develop healthy minds in children, it is important to view the changes in children's minds in a positive light and promote their healthy emotional development while correctly fearing COVID-19. This sense of social stagnation and uncertainty is likely to increase feelings of insecurity and isolation among children. It is also important to prevent the repetition of child abuse in the home due to parental unemployment, alcohol problems, and reduced contact with non-family members in stay home and the recession as a result of COVID-19. During the pandemic, adults should be sensitive to the unusual behavior of children. We propose six suggestions of care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.