Loss of community leaves former students at risk of post-graduation blues

October 9, 2014

An article published by a recent Queen’s University graduate in the Globe and Mail sheds light on the “post-graduation blues” faced by some students upon leaving their PSE institutions. According to the article, many students become accustomed to the strong sense of community fostered at most PSE institutions and struggle with loneliness upon graduating. The problem may be exacerbated because students no longer have access to the mental health resources offered by most colleges and universities. For some graduates, mental health issues may also be triggered by difficulties finding post-graduate employment; for others, being forced to move back home may lead to feelings of inadequacy or a sense of regression. The article suggests that students should explore new hobbies and turn to friends to form an informal support network. Globe and Mail