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The Healthy Minds Network (2020). The Impact of Covid-19 on College Student Well-Being. Ann Arbor, USA : The Healthy Minds Network.




Financial stress, a known predictor of student mental health, has been significantly affected by thepandemic: two-thirds of students report their financial situation has become more stressful. Roughly one-third of students report that their living situation changed as a result of the pandemic. 

Fifteen percent report a probable case of COVID-19, though less than 1% were confirmed by a test. Sixty percent perceive themselves to be susceptible to contracting the virus. Students are concerned about their personal safety and security, but even more so about people they care about contracting the virus. Students also express high levels of concern about how long the pandemic will last.

The majority of students report following public health guidelines for handwashing (60%) and physical distancing (70%). Eighty-four percent of students report public health agencies are among their most trusted sources of information about the pandemic.

Forty percent of students report witnessing race-based discrimination either in person or online.

Students report that their campuses have generally been supportive, especially professors.

Sixty percent of students indicate that the pandemic has made it more difficult to access mental health care.

Symptoms of mental health conditions remain high in college student populations, both before and after the start of the pandemic. Relative to fall 2019, the prevalence of depression increased and substance use decreased in spring 2020. In March through May 2020, a higher proportion of students report that their mental health negatively impacted their academic performance. While students report lower levels of psychological wellbeing post-pandemic relative to Fall 2019, they also reported higher levels of resiliency.


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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7