(WBNG) — In a time where people are encouraged to self-isolate and social distance, the actions may have negatively impacted people’s mental health.
Dr. Michael Lavin, a psychiatrist at Lourdes Center for Mental Health and Director of Psychiatry, says the impact of the pandemic has significantly impacted people’s mental health across the board.
And college students, in particular, are feeling the ramifications — at a time when they’re supposed to be the most social, they are, instead, adapting to their virtual realities.
SUNY Broome says tackling mental health issues is a top priority. They say they have seen an increase in students seeking help, and they stress the importance of checking in with their students.
“Social isolation turns into depression and anxiety very quickly, so one of the other things we’re doing proactively is wellness check in calls,” said Shelli Cordisco, Interim Associate Vice President & Dean of Students.
Cordisco adds that the check in calls will be a way to reach out to students one on one and candidly see how they are doing.
And just last week, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced a new initiative called ‘Reach Out,’ which is aimed to be a resource to aid in mental health challenges for all SUNY students.
For more mental health resources you can visit the Lourdes Center for Mental Health Site here.