I was just so lonely
11th December 2020
Bella Brown, a first year history of art student at UCL, has struggled with mental health problems including anxiety and depression for many years, but said the pandemic had exacerbated these.
“When I moved to London, it was really hard to meet new people,” she said. “My housemates have been going into university three days a week, but I only have an hour-and-a-half in person, so I was just so lonely.”
This was made worse when she was forced to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus last week. However, after reaching out to university support services, she is now due to begin wellbeing workshops.
Brown said she found the shift to remote learning “overwhelming”. “I enrolled late, and got missed off the Microsoft Teams group for one of my classes,” she said. “When I asked about it, my department told me I’d missed eight weeks of classes and threatened to make me drop the module, but it was totally a miscommunication.”
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