Health professionals sound the alarm about the teacher strike’s effect on young people’s mental health 

Haukeland hospitalPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The teachers’ strike can have serious consequences for the mental health of children and young people, several professionals told the newspaper VG. Hospitals have noticed an increase in admissions.

The teachers’ strike has lasted since the start of classes in some schools, and has been greatly stepped up.

“I am very worried about this,” clinic director Liv Kleve at the Mental Health Care Clinic for Children and Young People (PBU) in Helse Bergen said.

Haukeland University Hospital has noticed an increase in the number of young people in need of mental health care in the last month. There are 9% more referrals, and more young people are being taken in for assessment.

The Council for Mental Health is asking the government to intervene because they believe life and health are at risk.

“We get inquiries all the time, everything from people stopping me in the street to getting lots of messages on all channels. People are desperate. Parents say the children are dying,” the Council’s General Secretary Tove Gundersen said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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