Mental Health – The association between mindfulness, contact with COVID-19, and mental health in Spanish adolescents

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Start: 09.12.2021
End: 09.12.2021


Koç University , University of Zagreb , University of Deusto

e COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of young adults, including students. Accumulating evidence shows that the quality of life and mental health of many students was and remains to be strongly affected by the pandemic. Typically, young adults experience an active and often exciting phase of life during their studies. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, this experience is replaced by restrictions and social isolation. Additionally, students may have lost their jobs or may have been forced to leave their accommodations due to financial reasons. All of this may increase insecurities and worries about health and the future, and may decrease the general quality of life and mental well-being of students. One-and-half years after the start of the pandemic, students may have developed different ways to cope with the current situation.

180 including: students, PhD students, academic staff and administrative staff

  • 76 Students
  • 24 PhD students
  • 22 academic staff
  • 58 administrative staff

On 9th of December students, scholars and staff members came together to learn and discuss how the pandemic has affected the mental health situation of students at different UNIC universities. The seminar was moderated and facilitated by Kathrin Schopf and Silvia Schneider, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Ruhr University Bochum.

In the first part of the seminar, researchers from four UNIC universities presented their current research results, all related with mental health situations of young adults. Even if many aspects in their works; mainly from the fields of Psychology and Social Work; were similar, each of them offered a different perspective on the topic, contributing to an overall picture of the situation of students in the pandemic. Besides their research insights, all inputs included practical recommendations how to improve students’ mental health on an individual and collective way.

Estíbaliz Royuela Colomer, University of Deusto, highlighted the meaning of mindfulness for the mental health in the crisis and the danger of “auto-pilot”, which easily leads us to forget the potential of inner mental resources in difficult situations. Her interviews in schools clearly showed that positive emotion regulation strategies can make a huge different for life-quality of young people.


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