The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our lives in ways unimaginable. And while it has impacted the lives of everyone, one group of people that it has taken a major toll on is college students. Student mental health has always been a concern, but the pandemic has put a spotlight on it. A study published in September 2020 showed that 71% of the sample population showed increased states of loneliness, stress and anxiety, exacerbated by the pandemic. This study is not alone. A Harvard project called Making Caring Common published a report as recent as February 2021 that describes an epidemic of loneliness.
However, the silver lining is that a lot more resources are now available to manage mental health. We published a piece on Staying Mentally Healthy that provides helpful inputs on things you can do to take care of yourself. However, that is not all. Your mental health needs to play a significant role in all the big decisions you make for yourself.