Coronavirus, appeal by psychologists for the reopening of the school

TURIN (ITALPRESS) – It has been over 170 days that a class has not gotten together all together: Forget A Home. This is the new meaning, as stated in a note from the Order of Psychologists of Piedmont, which the students gave to the acronym DAD used to indicate Distance Learning. “Forgotten at Home – continues the note – is the way that students use to remind institutions that school in the presence is worth more than computer lessons”. Since March, the pandemic “has kept most of our young people at home. A high price to pay in the name of health, a sacrifice to preserve the well-being of all and especially the weakest and most vulnerable. The school has been closed and not has never really reopened. In particular, it is high schools that pay the highest price, and partly also middle schools. The WHO reminds us that our young people are a category at risk due to the effects of a protracted restriction that it involves learning, sociality, psychomotor growth, the expression of affects and emotions, the experimentation of autonomy, the construction of critical thinking and the ability to communicate, the development of self perception “. From a recent study by the Association of Psychologists “Women and Quality of Life”, carried out in 2020, made on a sample of 600 subjects between 12 and 19 years, it appears that 1 out of 3 developed an anxiety disorder – depression that manifests itself through self-injurious gestures, suicidal attempts, eating disorders, panic attack disorders, up to important dissociative states accompanied by depersonalization and derealization. These data are in direct correlation with not physically going to school. To this study are added that of the Gaslini of Genoa and of the Mario Negri Institute of Milan and of the Regina Margherita of Turin, in which the increase in suicide attempts and suicides in the last year was highlighted. Recent studies explore the effects of isolation, quarantine and social distancing. One such (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, November 2020) points out that children and adolescents are likely to experience high rates of depression and most likely anxiety due to forced isolation. David Lazzari, president of the National Council of the Order of Psychologists (CNOP), said: “The virus closes the school. Prevention is not contested. However, the closed school opens up big wounds in children. The invisible ones, the most ‘ insidious. Let’s not pretend they don’t exist. Our job is to intervene in time on the students to avoid scars and protect learning. The data we have collected reveals that there is a widespread sense among the children forced to do so. of stress, nervousness, irritability and depression “. In December, the CNOP carried out an analysis of the school population for the Ministry, involving pupils from kindergarten to high school and also parents: “Our fears are confirmed: the pandemic has triggered discomforts that quickly turn into disturbances. Distance teaching. it exacerbates the dangers, we do not abuse them lightly “- concludes Lazzari. What will be the consequence? The closure of the school, at the same time as the reopening of commercial activities, transmits to the children inattention towards them except as consumers. The consequences of disinvestment on the growth dimension are underestimated, if not exclusively in terms of subjects qualified to spend money. Keeping schools closed deprives young people of a place of confrontation where they can imagine themselves as actors of their future, and where they can be supported in being able to think about it and become. This type of attitude, which does not consider the condition of children as a priority, falls on them in a depressive way. And we cannot imagine that the public institution escapes this function by allowing itself to be overwhelmed. “As psychologists and psychologists” we are very concerned about the effects that the prolonged closure of the school and confinement inside the home have on the mental health of children and boys. The health and care of the younger generations is a common good and we psychologists are called to explain, given our skills, what are the damages that the management of this pandemic is producing “. (ITALPRESS). Mgg / com 13-Gen -21 19:20

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