LGBTQ+ College Students Face Significant Psychological Distress During Covid-19 Pandemic
A national survey of LGBTQ+ college students conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic finds that large numbers are struggling with substance use, psychological distress, and social isolation. The survey was led by doctoral student John P. Salerno (behavioral and community health) and the LGBTQ+ Students and Allies in Public Health organization. Salerno is also a graduate research assistant with the UMD Prevention Research Center. In addition to documenting the disproportionate burden of stressors on LGBTQ+ students, the report recommends urgent actions that university leaders should take to support the mental health of these vulnerable students.
Salerno is sharing the results with University of Maryland leaders and with institutions across the country to raise awareness about the the vulnerabilities faced by LGBTQ college students amid the COVID-19 pandemic in hopes that it will lead to transformative action and discourse about these important issues of equity.
Learn more about the survey and how it is being used to advocate for LGBTQ+ students by attending the UMD PRC webinar on September 15th at 2pm ET.