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Counseling and Consultation Service

Social Connection and Belonging During COVID

It’s been much more than a year now since we’ve had some level of social distancing in place to keep us all safe. Students have had a range of reactions and it is understandable that we’re missing each other. Connection, belonging, and togetherness are vital for positive mental health. When we feel lonely or isolated it sends a message internally that we’re not OK. Typically, the feeling of loneliness should act as a guidepost prompting us to reach out and connect with others. It’s not as easy to connect as before while physically distanced.  

We know there has been an impact on students across the country. A survey conducted by Active Minds reports that 80% of college students say loneliness or isolation during COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health. If you have been feeling lonely, ironically it may also be uncomfortable as you reach out. You may worry “what if I’m not accepted” or “will people really get me?” That is to be expected. Be uncomfortable, but reach out anyway! It may feel strange, awkward or weird. However, there are many ways to get started. Everyone’s reason for feeling disconnected will be a little different therefore each solution will look a little different. However, what is required in each case is a little courage to help the natural anxiety that comes with taking a chance on connecting. Stay persistent. Don’t get discouraged. The first step is yours to take!

Here are a few things to help:

  1. Attend a drop-in workshop 

    Buckeyes Back Together
    Wednesdays 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    In-person Location: Room 150, Younkin Success Center

    Click here to join virtually

    No workshop on 9/8/2021

    Many of us are having trouble connecting to others and managing stress in an ongoing pandemic. This workshop is intended to introduce skills to manage emotional and stress related responses to COVID and re-entry. We’ll also explore interpersonal skills to assist in building connections and identify resources for additional support.

  2. Check out this inspirational video from Active Minds.