Sophomore Julia Vide didn’t know she struggled with mental health until she came to college. When she arrived to the realization, she looked back and noticed mental health was never talked about at her high school.

Vide said she believes there is an overall lack of mental health awareness, and she felt like she had to stand alone in her struggle.

“I had depressive thoughts, and I've definitely experienced more anxiety than what is usual, but I've just dealt with those types of thoughts,” Vide said.

According to Insider Higher Education, 65% of college students report having mental health struggles during the coronavirus pandemic. The study found that many students choose not to seek help, with only 15% reporting they have seen a counselor.

Due to coronavirus safety protocols, students were unable to meet with an Elon counselor in person, where only online services were available. This required students to find a private location instead of walking to South Campus.