The international campaign ”Mind the Gap” was started in early April 2020 and initially focused on the terminology of “social distancing”, a concept that for many persons with psychosocial or physical disability only increases their social isolation further. The campaign tried to bring an end to the use of the term “social distancing” and instead to change it into “physical distancing” and social solidarity. By the end of May 2020, 50 organizations supported the campaign, an equal number of “ambassadors” joined, visuals were available in 40 languages, and we had an audience of more than 5,000 followers on facebook.
The pandemic has also serious consequences for the younger generation. They are looking at a world that might be quite different from the one they saw when they planned their future. This uncertainty has led to mental health issues, e.g. increased levels of anxiety and depression, but also to a wish to understand what is happening as an essential precondition to future planning.
The COVID-19 pandemic is something that has a long-lasting impact on the university community. The Mind the Gap university platform was established to structure the reflections on the impact, the measures to curb the consequences or the steps to limit the damage.
The Mind the Gap University Platform is supported by the following universities: