Survey of College Student Mental Health in 2020Oct 23, 2020 | The Jed Foundation
JED conducted an online survey with nearly 200 college and graduate students from across the country about their emotional readiness for the fall 2020 semester, given the uncertainties accompanied by COVID-19. The study found:
- A combined 63% of students say that their emotional health is worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic and 56% of students are significantly concerned with their ability to care for their mental health.
- A high proportion of students are dealing with anxiety (82%), followed by social isolation/loneliness (68%), depression (63%), trouble concentrating (62%), and difficulty coping with stress in a healthy way (60%). One in five (19%) students have had suicidal thoughts in the past month.
- Concerns about racial equity related to rallies or protests is top of mind for students at this time with 61% of students feeling extremely or very concerned about racial unrest in this country. Thirty-four percent of students are concerned about the effects of racial unrest in their own communities.