Stress, sadness, anxiety, loneliness. I am a student whose mental health has been affected by all the struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world where human connection and communication are essential for students to learn and grow as individuals, it is sadly stripped away only to leave uncertainty and despair. I want to be a voice for U.S. college students and provide solutions that have helped me with my mental health as a student during the pandemic as well as teach what colleges and universities need to know.
According to a survey conducted by activeminds.org, “80 percent of college students report that COVID-19 negatively affects their mental health.” Since the pandemic first developed in December of 2019, students have not been aware of the services their universities can provide them with mental health services. “More than 55 percent of students say they don’t know where to go if they or someone they know needs mental health services.” Most Connecticut college campuses lack the resources, offering TED talks and old-fashioned advocacy videos that provide little connection to the audience. Counseling services are also limited by the number of sessions you can attend and there are always not enough counselors available. These resources should be unlimited and always available.