The Effects of Virtual Classes on Mental Health

Online learning affects everyone from young children to young adults, teachers, and professors. For many students, virtual classes may worsen existing mental health disorders and for others, the impact of the pandemic and online learning can trigger new changes in mental health and mood.

Numerous studies have shown social isolation can cause higher rates of negative outcomes for the mental and physical health of individuals. Despite the potential for virtual classes to impact mental health negatively, there are still some positive benefits. For some students, being home and around family, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, can offer feelings of safety and reassurance. For these students, their home can become a safe learning environment where they feel more productive.


Create A Designated Workspace

The home is full of distractions. It’s important to create a space for the student to focus and feel productive.

Encourage Healthy Habits

Teens aren’t known for having the best sleep or dietary habits. With disruptions to their daily routine from virtual classes, it’s more important than ever to encourage healthy habits. A good night of sleep, a healthful diet, and regular exercise can help boost a teen’s mood and have a positive impact on their mental well-being.

Set a Positive Tone In Your Home

Adults are susceptible to many of the same stressors and anxieties as teens, however it’s important for parents to set a healthy tone for the home. Maintain an upbeat attitude and encourage healthy conversation within the household. Remember, teens and young adults still look to their parents for support and guidance. Provide encouragement and hopefulness.

Finding Help for Your Teen’s Mental Health

The pandemic is a trying time for all of us. If your teen is struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders during this time there is help available.


If you have been impacted by this issue you can get further information from your GP, the HSE or SpunOut provides information for young people on mental health and many other topics.


“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”. John Dewey

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