Mental health and help-seeking among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic: Roles of campus mental health climate and institutional support.

Publication date: Jul 12, 2023

Objective: This study aimed to examine college students’ perceived mental health and help-seeking behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to determine the roles of campus mental health climate and institutional support on students’ help-seeking behaviors and well-being. Participants: The sample included 123 students from a Northeastern United States University. Methods: Using a web-based survey and convenience sampling, data were collected in late 2021. Results: Most participants retrospectively reported a perceived decline in their mental health during the pandemic. Sixty-five percent of the participants reported that they did not receive professional help at a time when they needed it. Both campus mental health climate and institutional support were negatively related to anxiety symptoms. Greater institutional support predicted less social isolation. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance of campus climate and support on students’ well-being during the pandemic and the need for increasing students’ access to mental health care.

Concepts Keywords
Covid Anxiety
Northeastern college students
Pandemic professional psychological help-seeking
Professional social isolation
University the COVID-19 pandemic


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO time

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