The Lagging Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health

As we approach the end of one of the most challenging academic years on record, it is only natural to look ahead to the coming fall with renewed optimism for a return to “normal.”

A recent article in Education Week, What We Know About Student Mental Health and the Pandemic, however, provides a cautionary tone about the potential lagging impact of the pandemic on the mental health of teenagers.

Survey research conducted by the JED Foundation showed teenagers reporting elevated levels of anxiety, isolation and depression.

Understanding and recognizing the difficulties and the way in which they may not manifest themselves until the coming year is the first step in being prepared to respond.

Concerns over student mental health were already on the rise in recent years. Next year will hopefully be a step in the right direction as more schools return to in-person instruction. But the work in helping our students navigate through the challenges of the pandemic may have only just begun.

About Raymond Kennelly

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning at Lewis University Skilled in Strategic Planning, Recruiting, Public Speaking, Media Relations and Curriculum Development.

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