To provide strategies and ideas to support students’ mental health through Covid-19 and beyond.
Covid-19, the virus that has been wreaking havoc on communities across the globe, has impacted college students’ mental well-being in crucial ways. The Healthy Minds Network, in collaboration with the American College Health Association, recently released a report that sheds light on the the factors that negatively impact students’ mental health most prominently, including financial stress, changes in living situation, potentially contracting the virus, as well as a high incidence of reports of witnessing race-based discrimination either in person or online. CITLS organized a timely session as part of the Inclusive Teaching & Excellence series during Mental IllnessAwareness Week in October 2020 on the topic of supporting students’ mental health through Covid and beyond, in collaboration with the Counseling Center, the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program. The insights and strategies provided by the panelists can be of use to those who work with and interact with students.