Leaving Home for College May Increase Mental Health Issues

This year, college and university students will face an unprecedented amount of stress as school officials welcome back people to campuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic resurgence due to the Delta variant.

Moving from home to live on campus or an apartment near school has always been both an exciting and anxious time for students. Traditionally, taking this major step in life is accompanied by added stressors, including a rigorous class schedule, making new friends, and adjusting to new responsibilities. However, this year students face additional stressors, such as severe fear and anxiety of getting infected, and potential to be isolated from loved ones and friends, creating a higher risk for a mental health crisis.

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