60% of Israeli schoolchildren suffer from depression

 60% of Israeli students suffer from depression

A study by the Department of Education, which studied depressive symptoms in schoolchildren over the past two weeks, showed that about 60% of elementary school students suffer from some degree of depression. In universities, the situation is even worse – 70%.

Following the findings, Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton called for the continuation of the trend towards reducing isolation and its abolition for citizens.

The report also showed that that about 35% of fifth graders feel depressed and hopeless, 20% of them feel like failures and about 15% of them have suicidal thoughts. There was also a 70% increase in the treatment of children at risk of suicide. Children experience problems with sleep and appetite.

“The most important — to preserve the educational routine of Israeli pupils and students, realizing that without a framework, children and adolescents degenerate and plunge into loneliness, depression, anxiety and even severe violence, — said Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha Biton.

“Israeli students have gone through two difficult years that have left them with scars and psychological damage.”

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