Kalpana S, Karthikeyan R, Krishna Prasanth B and K Saravanan
Background: The COVID-19 has resulted in a worldwide closure of colleges. About 1.2 billion kids are out of the classroom worldwide. Education has drastically changed as a result, with the distinctive emergence of e-learning, whereby teaching is carried out remotely and on digital platforms. Research indicates that online learning has been shown to improve data retention and take less time, suggesting the changes caused by coronavirus could be here to stay. Mental disorders constitute an increasingly important public health problem in the general population. Therefore, investigation of the determinants and state of mental health of those who will be the future pillars of the world, to be assessed and justified while implementing any new technique.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among college students at 1-3-years (N=380) with a selfadministered questionnaire that included standardized items on demographic data, online education, mental health status and its consequences. Descriptive statistics and chi-square was done using SPSS ver-25.
Results: In this study, majority of them were male with the mean age of 19.81, minimum age of 18 years and maximum age of 22 years. Most of the students faced problem such as, head ache, eye strain, and unfavorable environment also not able to concentrate long time. Depression is the common mental health illness. There was a strong correlation observed with problems faced by the students and mental health illness (p-value 0.000).
Conclusion: This study showed students prefer online education but they should be trained before implementing it. Majority of them faced depression as mental health illness and head ache, eye strain and family environment is a major problem due to online classes.