According to recent research about , young people who texted Crisis Text Line dealt with more grief, eating disorders, stress, and anxiety in 2020 than in previous years. Grief was the issue that increased the most for young people from 2019 to 2020.
What is grief? Grief is a natural response to loss. Grief is expressed in many different ways and it can affect every part of your life; your emotions, thoughts and behavior, beliefs, physical health, your sense of self and identity. Grief can cause you to feel many different emotions such as: sadness, anger, anxiety, shock, regret, relief, overwhelm, isolation, irritability or numbness.
Everyone experiences grief differently. Some people may grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for years. The process of grief is unique to the individual, and each individual begins to create new experiences and habits that work around their loss. Michele, an undergraduate student who helped create Neolth's Grief and Loss video series, shared thoughts on how grief has affected her, “I will never not miss the loved ones I have lost, which sparks grief. With time it gets easier and becomes dull, but it's been seven years since losing my mom and I still think of her and grieve for her every day. I suppose I’m still young and those thoughts may change, but I don’t think they will. When you lose someone you love so deeply that emotion does not go away, but instead is converted to grief.”
Asking for help
Joining a support group
Talking to family and friends
Spending time doing things you enjoy
Taking care of your physical health
Talking to a therapist
Ways to help others if they are grieving include:
Asking them how you can help them
Asking how they are feeling
Sharing memories or talking about the person they have lost
Encouraging them to seek professional help
Spending time with them doing activities that they would enjoy
Since many students are experiencing grief and loss as a result of the pandemic, the