Features Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 8

Depression During Quarantine

By Stella Chapital

Graphic by Luke Theodossy

Many students are having a hard time adjusting to the changes happening right now. And with all the fear and pain and loss, some might find themselves unsure what to do. So just reaching out to a friend you know is struggling could mean the world to them, and make a bigger difference than you would think.

Depression is a mental illness that around 25% of all high school kids suffer from. Gender, race, age and social group don’t affect how susceptible one is to clinical depression, and across the media, it is often portrayed as a joke. With a long shelter-in-place without therapy and with more exposure to the media, some people aren’t doing the best. Unfortunately, social media lets anyone go on the internet to speculate other peoples’ lives and to compare them with their own, leaving many people upset with what they have.  

Sophomore Lindsey Portier said, “Isolation can hurt people with mental health problems because without access to therapy and other resources some people have trouble handling it on their own, and some people’s homes cause their mental health problems, so being stuck at home can only make things worse for their mental well being.”

Unsafe household situations are more common than one may think, so for some students, shelter-in-place is more than just time away from friends, it’s an extended time in a toxic household, and a segway into faltering mental health.  

Sophomore Eliza Loventhal said, “This situation is hard on people with mental health issues because it limits their access to healthy coping mechanisms and to distractions, often leaving them without a proper outlet and lacking support, And also like there’s more darkness out in the world than there normally is, so for people who also have dark things going on inside it’s hard to find a light right now.”