Students have been hit with a long list of abrupt educational and lifestyle changes thanks to COVID-19--here's how to support their mental health

Critical actions to support student mental health


Students have been hit with a long list of abrupt educational and lifestyle changes thanks to COVID-19--here's how to support student mental health

COVID-19 has closed physical school operations and prompted policy makers, educators, students, and parents to mull how long remote or hybrid learning will stretch into the fall. But it has also raised serious questions about student mental health and well-being.

Eighty percent of students responding to a recent survey say COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health.

The survey of 2,086 college students, from nonprofit Active Minds, reveals that 1 in 5 of surveyed students say their mental health has significantly worsened under COVID-19.

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The most common ways COVID-19 has impacted lives and student mental health are via stress or anxiety (91 percent), disappointment or sadness (81 percent), loneliness or isolation (80 percent), relocation (56 percent), and financial setbacks (48 percent).

Laura Ascione