Away From Campus and Facing Coronavirus, Students Confront Mental Health Crises at HomeApril 13, 2020 |
by Juliet E. Isselbacher and Amanda Y. Su
Cough, fever, tiredness, difficulty breathing — most Harvard College students have spent the past month reading symptoms of the coronavirus in University emails, news articles, and Facebook groups.
But beyond the physical health crisis, some students say the pandemic has had quiet but pernicious effects on their mental health. Separated from their on-campus support systems, students said protracted social isolation, sick family members, lost jobs, and abusive households have overwhelmed them with anxieties beyond fears of the virus.