TD calls for supports for young people during pandemic

A Social Democrats TD is calling on the government to take immediate action in supporting young people during the pandemic.

Gary Gannon says a dedicated taskforce for dealing with trauma experienced by younger generations is needed.

If not, the country could be dealing with mental health problems as a consequences in the future. 

The Dublin Central TD says remote learning is adding to the emotional stress being placed on students.

"There's a multitude of different problems that are being experienced by young people.

"Young people are not logging on to their classes because they're bad or misbehaving. It's just that there's a huge level of emotional anxiety, that's adding to a lot of stress for them.

"We absolutely need to be putting systems and structures in place to deal with it, that will start with a task force that can recognise the problem and can be led by young people."

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