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    London teacher wins praise for children’s book about pandemic / TheGuardian · Saturday, 1 January, 2022 - 15:33

Banji Alexander’s book gently tackles Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in BAME community and promotes children’s mental health

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has congratulated a primary school teacher who wrote a children’s book aimed at gently tackling Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in the black and minority ethnic community and promoting children’s mental health.

Banji Alexander, who teaches at a school in south-east London with a large number of students and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds, started writing Lockdown Looms: Reggie’s Birthday Party , a book detailing a child’s experience of the pandemic, during the second lockdown.

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    Welsh study shows impact of Covid on 10- and 11-year-olds / TheGuardian · Friday, 5 November, 2021 - 07:00

Children ate less healthily, took less exercise and had more emotional problems, say researchers

Children in the UK ate fewer vegetables, took less exercise and experienced worsening emotional difficulties following the Covid outbreak, according to a research study.

A biennial survey conducted by investigators at Cardiff University found that primary school-age children reported a sharp increase in “elevated or clinically significant emotional difficulties” in early 2021, compared with the same survey conducted in 2019.

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    Climate depression is real. And it is spreading fast among our youth | Peter Kalmus / TheGuardian · Thursday, 4 November, 2021 - 10:40 · 1 minute

This is a crisis that cannot be solved by ‘positive messaging’. The only thing that will help is action from world leaders

If you are anything like me, you think of the climate emergency a lot. Possibly every waking hour. Perhaps you experience the psychological tension caused by feeling trapped between the truth of climate and ecological destruction on the one hand and inaction from world leaders on the other. I feel this tension myself, and as a parent and climate activist, I see it affecting young people especially hard.

We are in a growing epidemic of serious climate depression among young people. This is a crisis that cannot be solved by “positive messaging” any more than climate breakdown itself. Ultimately, the only thing that will help the mental and physical safety of every age group, including the young, is meaningful action from world leaders.

Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist and author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 and online chat is also available . You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis text line counselor. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or . In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at

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