Student’s Mental Health During Covid-19

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Student’s Mental Health During Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted its impact across all stratospheres of life,
from the health and wellness of individuals to the economic balance of the world.
One important manifestation of the pandemic that has been largely understated or
ignored in recent discussions is the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of
students. This manuscript documents how mental health of students was affected
by the pandemic, and the factors that contributed to this impact.
For any discussion into the impact on the mental health of students to be
undertaken, it is imperative to discuss the ramifications of the COVID-19
pandemic on schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. One research by
Conrad et al (2021) documented that in March 2020, when the COVID-19
epidemic swept across the United States, several institutions fled their campuses to
prevent viral transmission. College students were ordered to leave campus with
only a few days’ notice, causing anxiety among students who were scrambling to
pack, organize transportation, and worry about academic deadlines at the same
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time, according to another study (Hartocollis, 2020). During the spring of 2020, 96
percent of the colleges and institutions tracked by US News and World Reports
either cancelled in-person sessions or switched to online-only education.
Institutional reforms undertaken in response to the epidemic effected around 26
million college students in the United States (Conrad et al., 2021).
The result of these dubious study schedules and the added concerns of the
prevailing illness due to the virus resulted in increased levels of stress and anxiety
among students. According to one study by Cao et al (2020) found that anxiety
symptoms were present in roughly a quarter of their sample, and they were linked
to greater concerns about academic delays, economic implications of the epidemic,
and effects on daily living. Furthermore, according to one of the numerous student
polls conducted throughout the world, 83 percent of teenage respondents believed
that the pandemic exacerbated pre-existing mental health issues, owing to school
closures, change of routine, and limited social contacts (YoungMinds, 2020). As
per studies conducted in the pre-pandemic period regarding the mental health
effects of migrations and changes in locations of educational institutes among
students, young adults who have recently migrated may have a disrupted schedule,
spend less time on leisure activities, and find socializing less enjoyable than those
who have not (Hendriks et al., 2016). Similarly, according to another research that
evaluated physical activity and stressful life events among US college students
conducted before the pandemic, 40% of college students were compelled to move
during the epidemic, with campus closure being a key stressful life event for these
students (Maher et al., 2020).
The negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health of students
were not prevalent over a localized region, but instead were reported globally in
research conducted all over the world. For instance, following the shutdown of
their university due to the pandemic, Odriozola-González et al (2020) reported that
college students in Spain experienced bouts of depression and anxiety. In other
studies, the findings revealed that during the epidemic, college students in France
and China who lived with their parents had less anxiety and depression than those
who lived alone (Cao et al., 2020; Husky et al., 2020), which signifies that
isolation was an added risk factor for stress and anxiety. Another factor that played
a vital part was the loss of personal belongings and valuables because of frequent
dislocations. In Conrad et al’s (2021) study many symptoms were observed to be
reported more in students who left valuable personal things behind during their
migration. Students may have left personal things behind due to a variety of
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circumstances relating to the school, the local community, or the student. Poor
planning may have been caused by student characteristics such as executive
function difficulties or an avoidant coping style. The practicalities of relocating
their things may have been hampered by a lack of packing supplies or difficulties
accessing shipping services owing to local company closures. A lack of provision
of adequate information on the part of school or college administration regarding
the timeframe or the tools available to help with packing and relocating may have
contributed to the misunderstanding. These students reported increased
psychological symptoms regardless of the precise conditions that led to the loss of
important personal possessions.
In conclusion, though the subject has been ignored owing to a greater stress being
placed on the physical manifestations of the corona virus, the mental health of
students during the pandemic has garnered greater attention as the pandemic has
dragged on. Studies centered on the topic have revealed that a significant
proportion of students experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety during the
pandemic, and much of this impact has been attributed to disruptions and
ambiguities in academic calendars, and frequent migrations. These preliminary
findings emphasize the many variables that have contributed to a decline in
students’ mental health during this epidemic; nevertheless, much more needs to be
studied about the psychological consequences that students are experiencing and
what can be done to mitigate their negative effects
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