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European Psychiatry ; 64(S1):S282, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1357206


IntroductionThe coronavirus pandemic has challenged the world with an unprecedented situation. Social distancing, self or quarantine isolation, personal hand hygiene, self-protection, and the fear of becoming infected with the virus, come with a psychological fallout. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected students around the world, in terms of their education and lifestyle.ObjectivesTo investigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the students’ mental health and well-being at the University of Patras, in Western Greece.MethodsAn online questionnaire was prepared to collect responses from students during April 2020. Socio-demographic data, academic status, opinions about distance learning, changes in daily routine during the lockdown and anxiety and depression scores, according to the Greek version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), were gathered.ResultsThe total number of responders was 2009, of which 67.3% women. During lockdown, the 68% of the students returned to their family home. Anxiety and depression scores were higher in students with a low income, poor self-rated health, not informed about COVID-19, not satisfied with distance learning and being annoyed at staying home. Prevalence of anxiety and depression was found to be 35.8% and 51.2%, ranging from 26.7% to 48.2% for anxiety and from 36.3% to 60.5% for depression in Health Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively.ConclusionsDepression rates among university students in Greece were alarmingly high, denoting the impact of lockdown and changes in students’ life, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open Public Health Journal ; 14(1):160-161, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1223821


After the outbreak of COVID-19, societies were called to face its spread with several measures. However, the health of every human being is a good that is necessary for the prosperity of a society. Public health is everyone's individual responsibility. Health education is the process that will lead to the proper and prepared behavior of societies in any virus outbreak, and this should be cultivated from a very young age starting from school.