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‘We feel sad and bored’: Covid-19 impacts on mental health of adolescents in Viet Nam

Case/country studies

Written by Fiona Samuels

Image credit:Painting featured at the UNiTE circle exhibition organized with the Vietnam Youth Union, Vietnam Women’s Museum in Ha Noi, November 2011. Credit: Krista Seddon / Flickr.

This ODI Country study examines the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 19, living in project locations in Viet Nam.

Drawing on qualitative findings from a forthcoming research report, this country study explores the effects of Covid-19 across three closely inter-related dimensions and levels: (1) on individuals; (2) on families or households; and (3) beyond the household. From Viet Nam, adolescents in Nha Trang and Vinh mentioned a range of factors that had affected their own mental health and well-being. Many are linked to school closures and to certain health measures implemented as a result of the pandemic.

This brief has been supported by Fondation Botnar which has granted ODI and our in-country partners — the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH) and the Center of Research, Information and Services in Psychology (CRISP) at the Vietnam National University, a 2.5-year project. The aim is to address the mental health needs of adolescents in schools, in the community and at the institutional level, in both Tanzania and Viet Nam, through the co-creation and application of digital and non-digital approaches and technologies.