Even though Campion Academy has been able to be in-person for most of the academic year, the COVID-19 pandemic has still significantly affected the mental health of many students. Throughout the United States, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thought rates have significantly increased within youth. The Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey found that 56% of young adults reported feeling symptoms of anxiety or depression and 26% experienced suicidal thoughts at some point during the past year.* Campion students shared how the pandemic has affected their mental health.
It can be hard to maintain a positive attitude and stay connected with others, especially during times of quarantine. "Even though I don't always show it, I like being around people,” explained Ivan Mogaka, junior. “Lockdown made it very hard to get the social aspect of life and when my friends are not near, I become lonely and sad."
In times like these, it can be especially hard for people who express themselves through touch or facial expressions by having to wear a mask and social distance. "COVID has negatively affected my mental health because I am a very touchy guy. My love language is touch, so it feels like I can't convey my happiness to others right. I love hugs and the distancing is hard on hugs.” said Jared Marcenaro, junior.
“Since the pandemic started, it has been hard for me to stay positive,” an anonymous student reflected. “Before COVID, I had struggled with anxiety already and the pandemic only added to the problem. I have struggled with social anxiety the most since I haven’t been able to interact with others regularly. However, God has been the main frame of happiness in my life and I have learned how much I need to lean on him in difficult times.”
Coming from a Christian perspective, it is helpful knowing there is a better future ahead, regardless of what happens here on earth. Kylie Wehling, junior, stated, “One way I have stayed positive and strong throughout this pandemic is maintaining my spiritual life. All the changes in plans and schedules have made me realize that God is the only one who can be a constant in our lives. Our circumstances will change, but He never will. I find my strength in that promise."
Haley Enochs, Student News Team
If you are a student experiencing mental health issues, don’t be afraid to reach out. The residence hall deans and the chaplain are available to talk confidentially and will help students connect with professional counselors as needed.
*Panchal, N., Kamal, R., Cox, C., & Garfield, R. (2021). The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/