Teens claw back a sense of normality after pandemic upends their lives

Youngsters are struggling to survive and create meaning

31 October 2021 - 00:00

Teenagers have been the worst-affected by Covid-19, with the pandemic becoming a mental health crisis for many, says psychologist Judith Ancer.

“Young people need a social world to be part of, to be in a community of peers as part of normal development, so isolation is distressing for them. School is a big part of that,” Ancer said, referring not only to classes, but sports, festivals and traditions such as the matric farewell and 40 days...

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