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COVID and mental health

There are ongoing critical questions about the impact of COVID-19 on collegiate mental health. While more longitudinal data will be needed to better answer these complicated and nuanced questions, the findings in this blog shed new light on this topic using recent data from students seeking counseling services nationally in the Fall 2021. Although numerous areas of distress increased at least somewhat in Fall 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels, the rise in Academic Distress, Social Anxiety, Family Distress, Eating Concerns, and lifetime experiences of trauma and sexual assaults were particularly notable. These findings highlight the importance for colleges and universities to be proactive in supporting the mental health needs of students as they cope with these elevated levels of distress and adapt to life during these challenging times.

Student disconnect is at a high:


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