Aside from the regular struggles of being a teenager, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has made life harder for students. Many of them had to face loneliness and depression and lack of recognition for their specific academic and life situation during the pandemic. The major mental health issues for students were caused and/or intensified by the pandemic-related social contact restrictions, life-changing issues like losing loved ones to the pandemic and the fear of contracting the virus. These events have caused many teens to miss out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class.
While the school’s reopening has helped some students in this matter, many are struggling with adjustment issues, anxiety around COVID-19 and the sadness caused by it. In order to deal with these problems, it is crucial to acknowledge them and understand that these feelings are normal and even helpful in some cases. For example, anxiety regarding COVID-19 may help students in taking necessary measures to prevent spreading it. So, the fear of contracting the virus may be beneficial in controlling its spread. However, some of these problems may hinder students’ daily lives and, in those cases, it is important to recognize those feelings and ask for help from a trusted person.
As an acknowledgement of the ongoing problems among the youth, Babylon National School has made counseling services available to all students. Counseling can help the students get a better understanding of their problems and to explore all possible solutions. Students may also seek counseling for other academic and personal issues. The counseling sessions are confidential and not a part of the academic records.