Dr. Daphne Korczak, Principal Investigator of the study and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at SickKids (Image from Source)
Many changes that impact children and families have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes such as the closure of schools and child care centres and limits on social gatherings, have disrupted usual routines and significantly restricted social interactions. While these changes were put in place to limit the spread of the virus, there is not enough data on the impact of these measures on the mental health of children and families. This data could be vital in guiding the direction of such measures in the future.
To bridge this gap in data, four leading research teams in child mental health research have joined forces in an unprecedented collaboration. The team, brought together by The Hospital for Sick Children, will use the power of their four cohorts of children and youth in Ontario to answer the question of how the COVID-19 emergency measures have impacted the mental health of children and families.