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College midterms, COVID, mental health – oh my!

Many college students have midterm finals coming up in December, and for many that is stressful enough. Tack on COVID concerns, holiday stress, travel and family drama, and that’s enough to make some students hibernate in their dorm room until spring.  

According to a 2019 American Psychological Association survey, the percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade. This was already in play before the 2020 COVID pandemic and schools closed and/or went virtual. According to a 2021 survey from the American Psychological Association, 46% of Gen Z adults (ages 18-24) said their mental health had worsened during the pandemic, compared to 33% of Gen Xers, 31% of millennials, and 28% of boomers.

An American College Health Association (2015) survey found that stress has become the most serious academic impediment among students at over a hundred colleges and universities across the U.S. During finals, college students are more stressed and anxious.

LEAP knows this is a stressful time, now more than ever. Below is a list of articles and websites that can help students get through this stressful time and understand that they are definitely not alone.

How to keep stress during college from sabotaging your future –

National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI)

The American Psychological Association – (APA)

The American College Health Association – (ACHA)

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