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Psychiatric Disability Accommodations During the Pandemic: A Survey for Students

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By Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America

The pandemic is negatively impacting the mental health of many college students and has created a large shift to online learning. A survey conducted by Active Minds in April found that 80% of students reported that…

New Peers in Medicare Legislation: A Bold Step Forward


By Caren Howard, National Advocacy Manager at Mental Health America

Mental Health America and partner organizations helped usher the introduction of recent key legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R. 8206, the Promoting Effective and Empowering Recovery Services (PEERS) in Medicare Act of 2020. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Adrian Smith (R-NE), would recognize for the first…

Pandemic of Grief: A Mental Health Challenge for Nursing Home Staff


By Ellen Bartoldus, nursing home administrator and social worker, Claudia S. Blumenstock, LNHA., and Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M. ED, CCEP, Board Member at Mental Health America

“I am so afraid I will be the one to bring the virus into my nursing home.”

“I am anxious every day and constantly worry that I will infect my family with COVID.”

DISABILITY AND CAMPUS MENTAL HEALTH: What 471 students have to say

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on college students’ well-being, including students with mental health diagnoses. To understand the experiences of students with mental health diagnoses during the pandemic, Mental Health America surveyed 471 college students who identified as having mental health disabilities about their academic experiences and needs during this time.  

Major findings include: