1. Even before the pandemic, mental-health issues were rising among college students
About 24% of college students were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems in the prior year, and 20% were diagnosed with or treated for depression, according to a spring 2019 survey of nearly 68,000 students by the American College Health Association. Both figures are roughly 10% higher than they were in 2009.
2. Tele-therapy will be a big part of the offerings
Universities are adding online group treatment programs and workshops on everything from managing stress to staying motivated. Schools are pivoting their outreach efforts to the virtual world by unveiling videos, podcasts and self-help tips and amping up their social presence.
3. Young people of color feel particularly vulnerable
In addition to coping with the killing of George Floyd, and the racial conversations that have emerged from it, Americans of color have been more likely to die from Covid-19 and have suffered more job losses than other groups.
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