New survey data shows that depression, uncertainty, and other student mental health concerns linger even while support networks are growing

COVID remains detrimental to student mental health


New survey data shows that depression, uncertainty, and other student mental health concerns linger even while support networks are growing

COVID-19 continues to negatively impact student mental health, with one in four students reporting a significant increase in depression, according to new research.

“An uncertain fall semester has continued to impact students’ mental health across all demographics,” said Laura Horne, chief program officer of Active Minds, a nonprofit promoting mental health awareness and education for young adults. The new research comes from an Active Minds survey of student mental health.

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“Students are dealing with major uncertainty, grief, and disruptions to their routines and lifestyles and it is deeply affecting their mental health,” Horne added.

While students are still struggling, there is also a lot of hope. They are relying on each other, as well as institutional resources, to help them get through this difficult time. Two-thirds of students reported an increase in supporting others with their mental health. Students are also proving to be resilient in the face of adversity. Seventy-eight percent of students feel optimistic or hopeful about their school-related goals and future job prospects.

Laura Ascione