A study, conducted by Boston University researchers and released in August 2022, concluded that the 60% of university students in the US experienced mental health problems in 2020 and 2021, Fox News reports.
This was double the number reporting similar struggles in 2014.
This increase showed up in different ways. This includes:
- An additional 96% of students reported eating problems,
- An increase of 135% reporting anxiety,
- 110% rise in those reporting depression,
- 64% increase in those who thought of suicide, and
- 46% increase in incidents of self-injury.
Since university students were little impacted by the virus itself, most of these mental health issues were undoubtedly attributed to the lockdowns.
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