Once upon a time, a vivacious girl was she.
Jewels of happy times dazzled her cache of memories.
Her persona emanated a sprightly laughter,
until the pandemic struck.
Locked down within the four walls,
online, virtual space conquered her life.
With friends and family imprisoned on the screen
tentacles of loneliness clasped her breath.
Silent voices screamed within her head,
with thoughts, lost in the labyrinth of anxiety.
Her once effervescent soul, today is anemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools, colleges and educational institutions to shut down since March last year. At an age when the primary fulfilling factor is interaction with classmates and enjoying school-life, a shutdown has wreaked havoc in the daily life of students. We have seen an alarming rise in the mental health problems faced by them. Acknowledging this issue with timely treatment can make a significant difference in helping them cope better with the situation.