College students struggle with depression and anxiety while COVID turns life upside down

When introducing herself to parents of incoming freshmen at Loyola University, Asia Wong used to explain her role on campus in a straightforward manner. “My job is to make sure students are healthy, happy and well,” she would say.

Then COVID-19 came calling in 2020, and Wong’s job, as the university’s director of counseling and health services, required a more verbose description to assure parents that Loyola’s support system is strong enough to help counter the emotional toll the virus has taken on college students.

Wong and her counterparts saw a noticeable uptick in anxiety and depression as the pandemic lingered into the fall semester and students found themselves still detached from normal campus life. 

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