GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, US, January 13, 2022 / EINPresswire.com/ – College is stressful under normal circumstances. But attending university online during the pandemic has increased the social impact and academic pressure on many students, leading to a growing mental health crisis for students.
To meet this need for student self-care in challenging times, Inflection – the opinion, editorial and news analysis of AcademicInfluence.com – offers a mental health guide for students dealing with the unique challenges of attending college online:
Don’t neglect your mental health while getting your education online
The need is very real and widespread. In October 2021, The Washington Post reported that a national mental health study conducted by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University examined data on 43,000 college students treated in the fall of 2020 at 137 counseling centers. Reported epidemiological and closure effects included negative mental health effects (72%), impaired motivation or concentration (68%), and feelings of loneliness or isolation (67%).
The pandemic only adds to the students’ already troubling mental health crisis. Forced isolation, educational separation, and the constant threat of disease—it can all be overwhelming for many students, says Dave Tomar, author of the article and editor-in-chief of Inflection. “Worse is the gradual way in which mental health can deteriorate. Students and their families can easily miss the obvious signs of a worsening mental health crisis. One day you are juggling your tasks well, and the next, the thought of having to read a few pages In a textbook that sends you despair. Our team created this guide to help students develop practical coping skills, access important resources, and take other important steps to protect and preserve their mental health.”
The guide explains the current crisis in students’ mental health, and looks at how ordinary challenges are exacerbated by the pandemic and the sudden shift to online learning. Four commonly reported pain points receive attention, both from a mental health perspective and from the point of view of taking online lessons. Each of the following challenges have been identified and paired with easily actionable solutions:
• Zoom Fatigue
• Feelings of isolation
• Loss of boundaries between home and school life
• Loss of direct mental health support
“The lack of face-to-face interaction with interested professors and peers puts students at a disadvantage, as they experience fewer social interactions with people who may recognize signs of a student’s depression, anxiety, and loneliness,” Tomar says. “Our guide provides the information students need to identify potential sources of stress and take steps to maintain their mental health – while helping them continue working toward their study goals.”
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Jed McCuscow, Ph.D.
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