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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to students, educators, and parents. Children already coping with mental health conditions have been especially vulnerable to the changes, and we are also learning about the broad impacts on students as a result of schools being closed, physically distancing guidelines and isolation, and other unexpected changes to their lives. Below, information and resources on the subject.

Research

Study: Mental health effects of school closures during COVID-19 (Lancet)

“For some children with depression, there will be considerable difficulties adjusting back to normal life when school resumes….” Read more.

Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mental Health (Active Minds)

“20% of college students say their mental health has worsened…” Read more.

Reading

Article: In a World ‘So Upside Down,’ the Virus Is Taking a Toll on Young People’s Mental Health (New York Times)

“The shuttering of the American education system severed students from more than just classrooms, friends and extracurricular activities. It has also cut off an estimated 55 million children and teenagers from school staff members whose open doors and compassionate advice helped them build self-esteem, navigate the pressures of adolescence and cope with trauma….mental health experts worry about the psychological toll on a younger generation that was already experiencing soaring rates of depression, anxiety and suicide before the pandemic…..” Read more.

Article: COVID-19 Has Worsened the Student Mental-Health Crisis. Can Resilience Training Fix It? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

“In some ways, the COVID-19 era seems like exactly the right time to educate students on how to manage the intense sadness, isolation, and anxiety they are feeling. But during the horrible natural experiment called coronavirus, is that the right message to send to students — to push through hardship, bounce back from failure, and come out stronger? Or should it be about empathy, compassion, and getting through this time in one piece?….” Read more.

Article: The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis (Washington Post)

“This virus is messing with everyone. The anxiety, isolation, uncertainty,” she said. “Everyone’s struggling with it in one way or another….” Read more.