LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Northern Kentucky University has launched a new program to help students struggling with mental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and community members now have access to an innovative new website called Mental Health Warriors, which provides a wealth of information and coping tools to those who continue to suffer from what researchers call post pandemic psychological distress.
Drs. Rebecca Elkins and Rhyanne McDade, researchers and NKU faculty members, surveyed nearly 600 NKU students and found that the overwhelming majority experienced some type of psychological distress in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and disassociation.
“We are blessed to have had the opportunity to receive funding to create such vital resources for students and the surrounding community,” Elkins and McDade said. “It is our hope that students and community residents alike find these tools helpful and enjoyable.”
The new program is part of the Institute for Health Innovation at NKU, and is made possible by a grant from the National Institute of Health.