A recent virtual roundtable discussion in Maryland focused on the impact of COVID-19 on students’ mental health.
U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando hosted the discussion. Speakers included Nick Asante, Montgomery County Board of Education student member, Gaithersburg City Councilmember Laurie-Ann Sayles, and EveryMind CEO Ann Mazur.
The discussion touched on COVID-related closures that have caused students to feel isolated from the lack of social interactions before moving on to what local, state, and federal governments can do to provide students with school-based mental health trauma-informed care services.
“Struggling with mental health is an issue many students face, with the impacts of COVID-19 only making that battle harder,” Asante said. “From the sense of isolation as students conduct class from home to the feeling of panic as students observe the state of the world around them, the fight against anxiety, depression, and other mental issues is now more present than ever. “This is an important conversation that we must continue to have, and I look forward to seeing the action they take around the issue.”
According to a Senate Joint Economic Committee report, nearly 50 percent of young adults have symptoms of depressive and/or generalized anxiety disorder.