COVID-19’s Impact on College Student Mental HealthFeb 03, 2021 | Center for Collegiate Mental Health
The impact of COVID-19 has led to widespread concerns about its unique effects on college students’ mental health. The Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) data, which represents approximately 50,000 treatment-seeking students at 140+ institutions, suggests that the impact of COVID-19 on college students’ mental health is considerably more nuanced than generally reported. Surveys of college students conducted after March 2020 have suggested that psychological distress among college students has increased.
To examine the impact of COVID-19 on mental health more thoroughly, using a broader range of longitudinal clinical data, the Center for Collegiate Mental health (CCMH) has developed a five-part blog series to describe the impact of COVID-19 on college student mental health from multiple perspectives. While surveys offer an important perspective and provide an immediate snapshot of data, CCMH data is gathered methodically over time and then examined retrospectively. While this method requires patience for data to accumulate, it also provides a more robust population-level perspective (among students seeking services).