The coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the mental wellbeing of many people across the country especially students.
Students across England have been struggling to connect with their peers as well as progressing with their studies due to lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the year, most university students have been facing challenges from getting the wifi to work Zoom lectures to self-isolation with new flatmates.
As a result of these pressures, many students across campuses could be faced with loneliness, anxiety and depression.
The vice-president for higher education at the National Union of Students, Hillary Gyebi-Ababio said: “Students aren’t just disappointed that their university experience looks different in terms of teaching and learning, they’re also asking: ‘What does it mean for all the other things I wanted out of uni? The people I could have met? The sports and societies I could have joined?’”
Universities need to come up with ways to support students and create an environment that enables those with mental health issues to come forward.
An online panel hosted by the Guardian meant for discussions of how universities can help students` mental health was set by Gyebi-Ababio.
Kate Lister, a lecturer in education studies and mental health lead at the Open University, said: “So many students feel vulnerable, disfranchised like they’re not part of the university, and that can be exacerbated by the online environment.”
The University of the West of England (UWE) collects data to monitor student`s wellbeing as well as their academic performance, fellow panellist Professor Steve West, vice-chancellor of the university said.