The pandemic, together with its unsettling transformation of the university experience, exacerbated mental wellbeing issues.  According to a survey by Active Minds, a national mental-health advocacy group, 80% of US college students said the COVID-19 crisis negatively affected their mental health, with 20% saying it significantly worsened. Conditions cited included 91% with stress or anxiety, 81% with disappointment, 80% with loneliness and 48% with financial setbacks. 
Similarly, in the UK, a survey of 2,000 students by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted the devastating impact of Covid-19 on students’ mental health in England, finding 57% reported a worsening in their mental health and wellbeing during the 2020 autumn term and 22% said their mental health was much worse.  Despite this, only a fifth had sought support. 
Unfortunately, COVID fostered a series of factors which exacerbated the mental health of hundreds of thousands of students worldwide, including fear, isolation, and uncertainty about the future.