The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent safety measures and restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus have had an immeasurable impact on the mental health of much of the global population. Recent research suggests that young adults in particular have suffered from the situation.1,2
Now more than ever, as we gradually emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, looking after the ongoing mental health of our students, faculty, and staff is key.
As plans are defined and preparations made, the mental health of the young and adventurous should be considered every step of the way; any problems or potential issues addressed; and support provisions prioritized.
Cigna StudyWell: Support for Students
Feeling unwell, upset or uneasy when far from home can be extremely daunting. Knowing that someone is at the other end of a phone call, to advise about health matters, in your native language, 24 hours a day, can offer a peace of mind for both students and their parents and guardians alike. Cigna StudyWell® ensures that while students may be far from home, they are never far from care.
1. “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic – United States”, Czeisler MÉ et al., June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Weekly Report 2020. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.
2. Adults Under 24: The Loneliest Age Group During COVID-19 Restrictions,” Healthline. Published November 23, 2020. Accessed March 18, 2021.https://www.healthline.com/health-news/adults-under-24-the-loneliest-age-group-during-covid-19-restrictions.
2018 Cigna U.S. Loneliness Index. Cigna. https://www.cigna.com/assets/docs/newsroom/loneliness-survey-2018-full-report.pdf. Published May 2018. Accessed March 18, 2021. Loneliness and the Workplace: 2020 U.S. report. Cigna. https://www.cigna.com/static/www-cigna-com/docs/about-us/newsroom/studies-and-reports/combatting-loneliness/cigna-2020-loneliness-factsheet.pdf. Published January 2020. Accessed March 18, 2021.
Loneliness - What characteristics and circumstances are associated with feeling lonely? Office for National Statistics. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/articles/lonelinesswhatcharacteristicsandcircumstancesareassociatedwithfeelinglonely/2018-04-10. Accessed March 18, 2021.
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