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Advances in Psychiatry and Neurology/Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii
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2/2022
vol. 31
 
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Mental health of university students during the pandemic. Threats to their mental health and proposals for university student support in Poland

Lidia Zabłocka-Żytka
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The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Institute of Psychology, Warsaw, Poland
Adv Psychiatry Neurol 2022; 31 (2): 95-101
Online publish date: 2022/07/10
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Purpose
The article is an application report. It focuses on the mental health difficulties currently experienced by university students in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have a significant impact on the study process. The work also presents examples of support implemented at higher education institutions during the pandemic, aimed at maintaining and strengthening students’ mental health.

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Mental health is closely related to physical/somatic health, among other things, in terms of health behaviour and immunological processes. Thus, any physical, life-threatening and therefore life-altering illness has a potentially negative impact on an individual’s overall mental health. A pandemic such as COVID-19 in 2020 is a potential additional risk factor for mental health that is not yet well understood. Pandemic-related changes such as remote learning, reduced interpersonal contact, the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic of unknown magnitude, as well as its dynamic and often surprising course may have an impact on the functioning of young people and their daily activities, including studying.

Conclusions
It is essential to monitor mental health in different population groups, including students-young adults, specifically in relation to the threat of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, prevention activities and the treatment of COVID-19 patients. It is important to introduce parallel activities to support students’ mental health, in line with the sanitary regime, e.g. by using new technologies.

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young adults, mental health of university students, psychological support in the pandemic, mental health in the pandemic

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