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After spending more than 200 days in lockdown since the pandemic begain, Melbourne mum-of-four Bec Judd is fed up. She says kids mental health is suffering and they need to return to school.
The owner of fitness label, Jaggad shares four children with former AFL player Chris Judd, son Oscar, 10, daughter Billie, seven, and twin boys Darcy and Tom, four.
On Sunday evening, Bec backed up a Tweet shared by Ninja Warrior host, Rebecca Maddern which read: “Okay it’s time to find some balance. Victorians can’t be locked down longer or harder.
“Cases are going up, Delta is different. We need to look after our kids. The amount of suicides and self harm is rising – THIS is unacceptable. Get [vaccinated] ASAP but also find balance”.
Reposting the Tweet, the 38-year-old radio and television presenter, wrote: “342 Victorian children are presenting to hospital EACH WEEK with mental health emergencies.”
Bec says kids need to go back to school. “Kids need to be back in the classroom. (I’m not saying a blanket return. I’m saying let’s come up with a safe plan asap).”
Bec Judd says the pandemic is affecting kids mental health and they need to return to school.
According to the Victorian Agency for Health Information report, an average of 342 children, aged up to 17, presented to emergency departments each week suffering mental health emergencies.
On average 156 teens a week were rushed to hospital after self-harming and suffering suicidal ideation.
Students in Melbourne have spent 150 days learning from home since March 2020. With Covid cases continuing to rise and Victoria’s lockdown being extended once again, Premier Daniel Andrews has yet to announce when children can return to school.
Last week NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced NSW students will begin a staggered return to school from October 25, with kindergarten and year 1 students going back to class and year 12 will get full access to their school ahead of a delayed HSC, which will begin on November 9.
Years 2, 6 and 11 will return on November 1, and the rest of the students will head back on November 8, which is the sixth week of term four.