'Feels like the world is against you': Young people struggle with finding mental health support amid COVID-19 pandemic
August 11, 2020
Kathryn Boit feels "guilty for struggling so much" these past few months.
As president of the Harvard Student Mental Health Liaisons, she has "college friends, acquaintances and strangers reach out to me for resources and advice," she said. "I don't know the answers anymore."
It's no wonder Boit, a Harvard sophomore, feels overwhelmed. Prevalence of depression among college students increased since the pandemic closed campuses this spring compared with fall 2019, according to a survey of 18,000 college students published by the Healthy Minds Network on July 9. And of the nearly 42% of students who sought mental health care during the pandemic, 60% said it was either much more or somewhat more difficult to access care.