As schools reopen, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is essential to ensure a positive, safe transition. Children and young people may feel nervous or reluctant to return to school, especially if they have been at home for months. Some might be concerned because they were unable to learn at home and therefore aware that they may have fallen behind their peers. They may experience stress or anxiety if they fear losing a loved one or have lost a family member or peer.
In this transition period, caregivers play an important role in supporting children’s and young people’s MHPSS, and children and young people themselves can actively support their own wellbeing and support their peers too.