How the Pandemic Is Impacting College Mental Health

Hari Sreenivasan, Jason Kane, Alison Thoet; PBS News Hour
Publication Date: Jan 20, 2021

How the Pandemic Is Impacting College Mental Health

January 19, 2021 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three out of four Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 report poor mental health tied to the pandemic, but college students have been prone to stress, anxiety, and depression for far longer.


Varun Soni, the vice provost for campus wellness and crisis intervention at the University of Southern California, says “We’re tribal people as human beings. And college is a place where many students find their tribe.”


Increased social isolation leaves many individuals feeling unsure where to turn. Nineteen-year-old Victoria Canales turned to her school’s crisis hot line for help. She stayed on the line for an hour-and-a-half, and afterward, the campus sent a mental health officer to her location to help. Since then, Canales has been seeing a therapist, is back on antidepressants, and is spending more time doing things she enjoys.


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