This study aimed to understand the experiences of adolescents regarding the perceived impact of COVID-19 on their mental health in Catalonia (Spain). A qualitative exploratory methodology was used with a purposive sample of 30 high-school students regarding their experiences of the self-perceived impact of COVID-19 on their mental health. Data were thematically analyzed using Braun and Clarke method. Three main themes emerged from the data: (a) the challenge of living confined, (b) the footprint of COVID-19 on adolescents’ mental health, and (c) school dynamics during the lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted adolescents’ mental health, and adolescents perceived a lack of emotional support from educational centers. Therefore, incorporating emotional support in educational centers and offering emotional self-management tools to young students should be a priority. School nurses can play an essential role in recognizing and managing emotional needs and being the natural link between educational and primary care centers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Early online date24 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2023


  • Adolescents
  • Covid-19
  • Mental health
  • Nursing school
  • Primary care


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