COVID-19 Pandemic - A Review and Assessing Higher Education Institution Undergraduate Student’s Mental Health
Keywords:Undergraduate, Mental health, COVID-19, Education
Introduction: The current COVID-19 pandemic has sequelae reverberating around
Malaysia, particularly in university students, as Malaysian university students are isolated
in their university campuses in semi-quarantine status. This article seeks to review the
existing literature on the specialized issue of university student-related psychological
sequelae of COVID-19, and seeks to offer some recommendations through the process.
Methods: Existing literature demonstrates that COVID-19 has affected university students
psychosocially, with the rate of anxiety and depression markedly increased. There have
been significant alterations of lifestyle related to education, in accordance with the new
normal, resulting in isolation and feelings of disengagement with education. Moreover,
with the current uncertainties regarding their studies and possible financial depression postpandemic,
the future is deeply worrying and will adversely affect their mental health.
Results: Quantitatively, recent findings indicate 33.3% of the undergraduates in a higher
education institution are noted to be in stress. Therefore, multiple interventions have been
implemented; a customized ultra-brief psychological module, an online tele psychiatry
hotline (COVID Cares) and tele-counselling, which have received universally positive
Conclusion: In conclusion, the review demonstrates that undergraduates’ psychological
health is an aspect that needs urgent attention as it is not merely limited to the fear of
COVID-19, but also related to the social aspects of the pandemic. Multiple interventions
have been seen to be efficacious in reducing the psychological sequelae.