Mental Health in High School Students at the Time of COVID-19: A Student’s Perspective

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To the Editor:

The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented and has left countries grappling with uncertainties. Various public health measures all over the world have been implemented to reduce associated illness severity and mortality. Countries are now coming out of ‘lockdown’ with cautious optimism after successfully “flattening the curve” with measures such as social distancing, quarantine and closure of public places including schools. However, the challenges related to the impact on students’ mental health continue beyond this phase of the pandemic. This paper highlights key issues and offers practical solutions to address the mental health of adolescents during COVID-19 pandemic, from a high school student’s (HSS) perspective.

Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic to High Schoolers’ Routine

As with many schools and universities, my school has been closed since March 13th, 2020, and it is uncertain when classes will resume. Adolescence is a crucial period for social development. Social distancing and school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic can worsen existing mental health problems in adolescents and increases the risk of future mental health issues.

  • Clemens V.
  • Deschamps P.
  • Fegert J.M.
  • et al.
Potential effects of “social” distancing measures and school lockdown on child and adolescent mental health.