• Kylie Eaton

Mental Health During COVID-19

Updated: Jan 5

By Kylie Eaton

For the Southwestern

As part of the global response to the pandemic, citizens of many countries are having to stay at home. However, prolonged isolation can take its toll on mental health.

These are stressful times in the age of COVID-19. Students are facing the fears and anxiety of what happens next.

Fears of unemployment, job furloughs, and revenue losses for small businesses are ramping up stress and triggering the mental health issues that are so real on a daily basis.

Anxiety about paying the rent, educating the kids, and buying food are overwhelming, too.

Research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that one in four students have a diagnosable illness on college campuses today. The most prevalent issues students are facing are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, suicide, and addiction.

SWOSU offers free sessions for students with the counselors on campus. Call 580-774-3776 to schedule your appointment and fill out an intake form to have a one-on-one session with SWOSU counselors, Susan Ellis or Kim Uuinteoro.

SWOSU Mental Health support and resources are available to you 24/7. All services are free and tailored to the individual’s needs. Students are seen the same day that they come to the office and walk-in appointments are available daily.

Contact the Center for Health and Well-Being to schedule your appointment today. Come by the office located in the Wellness Center to the right of the main entrance Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 580-774-3776 to schedule your free appointment.

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