Champlain College increases well-being programs for students struggling with pandemic

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As the pandemic intensifies mental health issues already prevalent among college students, Champlain College is doubling down on its well-being programs. 

A new collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Child and Harvard Medical School will provide workshops for students, teachers and staff at Champlain College. 

Reid Anctil is a psychology student who participates once a week. “And this will be like my thing that I give myself is an hour out of my week and that will be the well-being thing that I do for now,” Anctil said. 

The college eliminated daytime classes on Wednesdays to give students time to recharge. Anctil said isolation from the pandemic makes it difficult at times. 

“So, I am on a full remote schedule, so that has been pretty tough not having that interaction with people every day,” Anctil said. 

A June CDC report found 63% of 18-t- 24 year olds experienced anxiety or depression. Anctil goes on walks for his mental well-being. 

“Especially in the middle of difficult work,” Anctil said. “If I am working on something that is really stressing me out I try and take a break knowing that when I come back, I’ll be refreshed and more ready to go.”

Dr. Leslie Averill, Champlain College’s vice president for academic affairs, said the college continues to grow its wellness and resilience programming. The school has hired a well-being and success coach and will bring in a visiting fellow for well-being and resiliency.

“There is mounting evidence about the toll that the coronavirus pandemic is taking on mental health and the well-being of college students,” she said. 

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