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Czech pupils suffer from various negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as weight gain, mental illnesses, and family problems. Brno pediatrician, Tamara Polášková, explained that pupils gain weight and feel more depressed because of the reduced physical activity and loss of social interactions.  Based on the Linka bezpečí (Safety Line) research in 2020, there was a sharp increase in the younger patients who used their services – 28 percent. Most of the problems were connected to cyberbullying, family troubles, suicide thoughts, and thoughts of self-harm.  “There is also a growing number of adolescents with an eating disorder. At the same time, the number of young people with symptoms of depression, which also require pharmacological help, is increasing significantly,” BohuslavContinue Reading