Governor Janet Mills and the state of Maine have provided guidance for the state’s road to recovery, available here. The University of Maine will continue to look to state government in developing plans for reopening. For more updates regarding the University of Maine’s response, please visit umaine.edu/coronavirus.
Below are documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which address a variety of topics, including information about COVID-19 itself and methods to reduce risk.
Loneliness on Campus (presented by FriendMatch)
Students need social support. They struggle with their identity when not connected to the campus and its community. Distance learning makes connection harder to achieve and leads to loneliness and depression.
Loneliness can negatively impact student performance, leading to higher stress, poor sleep, decreased memory, depression, and increased drug use. 1 in 5 students say that their mental health has worsened under COVID-19.
What do students need to deal with loneliness?
- increased academic support
- more mental health resources
- replace cancelled events and services with a virtual alternative for the needed connection