Goldie Hawn: Pandemic is worse than 9/11 for children's mental health

·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
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Goldie Hawn believes lockdown has had a great impact on children's mental health. (ITV)
Goldie Hawn believes lockdown has had a great impact on children's mental health. (ITV)

Goldie Hawn believes the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been worse for children's mental health than 9/11.

The Overboard star launched her MindUp scheme — teaching mindfulness techniques to children — in the aftermath of the global terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001. But she said after a year of being "incarcerated" in their homes during lockdown, children are in even greater need of help with their mental health.

Hawn, 75, told Good Morning Britain: "When this pandemic happened it gobsmacked everyone. We didn’t know how to handle our children, we’re dealing with ourselves – so many issues with parenting and how do I handle this. It’s a plethora of problems.”

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Asked if she though it had a bigger impact than 9/11 she said: "Yes I do. They basically were incarcerated in their own homes. There was frustration, probably in some ways very stressed parenting. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Goldie Hawn speaks during a press conference to launch her MindUP program on November 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Goldie Hawn speaks during a press conference to launch her MindUP program on November 14, 2016 (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

"Children didn’t feel safe oftentimes, they couldn’t see their friends, social development for their neuro growth, it didn’t quite happen."

But she added: “I don’t believe that the time period they went through [in the pandemic] is going to be a lasting damaging effect, I think we have to learn obviously how to deal with it. That period of time can be made up.”

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The First Wives Club star revealed that she battled her own depression and anxiety at the age of 21 as a result of her rising fame.

Hawn confessed she had only aspired to be a dance teacher, but was propelled to stardom after winning a Best Supporting Oscar for her role in 1969's Cactus Flower, and started to feel like she couldn't leave the house.

Promorional studio headshot portrait of American actor Goldie Hawn wearing a wide collared shirt for the film, 'Cactus Flower,' directed by Gene Saks, 1969. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Authenticated News/Courtesy of Getty Images)
Promorional studio headshot of Goldie Hawn for the film, 'Cactus Flower,' directed by Gene Saks, 1969 (Columbia Pictures/Authenticated News/Courtesy of Getty Images)

The Private Benjamin star said: “When I was young, I became depressed. I was 21, rising to success, it’s a very difficult thing. I didn’t necessarily want that. In doing so, I was very depressed and I had a lot of these issues where I couldn’t even go outside in public.

"This is something that for me I worked through. I went to a doctor, I went to a psychologist, I learned about quieting my mind and what happens to the brain, I studied the brain.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell seen at ceremony honoring them each with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for 38 years and starred in several movies together. (AP)

She added: “Happiness is a choice. Unfortunately, I didn’t want to be a big deal. I wanted to go home… I wanted to be a dance school teacher. I did have a plan. So I didn’t have delusions of grandeur on any level, I was extremely realistic. The problem was, I was a dancer. And then things changed."

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