Addressing Mental Health Challenges Among “Generation Z”

by Ella

The younger generation, known as “Generation Z,” comprising Pennsylvanians born after 1996, is facing significant mental health challenges, with a notable shift towards more open discussions about these issues compared to previous generations, recent research indicates.


Christine Michaels, CEO of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, highlighted that the aftermath of the pandemic has presented the most prominent hurdle for Gen Z. This age group is grappling with increasing levels of depression, anxiety, and even suicide attempts. According to Michaels, nearly three-quarters of mental health concerns manifest by the age of 24. NAMI Keystone offers a range of resources and programs tailored to facilitate and support conversations around mental health among this demographic.


“We have young individuals visiting schools to share their personal stories about their experiences with mental health challenges,” Michaels elaborated. “Some undergo diagnosis and treatment while others share their stories of resilience.” These narratives serve as a means of inspiration and guidance.


Michaels underlined NAMI’s collaboration with 28 affiliated chapters in eastern Pennsylvania that collaborate with local schools to combat the stigma often associated with mental health issues.


Generation Z possesses strong technological prowess and places value on health-related apps that streamline the process of scheduling appointments, managing conditions, and accessing information.

Michaels observed, “The prevalence of online services has grown significantly during the pandemic. Telemedicine has expanded, resulting in a surge of online providers. This has broadened the range of services and treatments available to young individuals.”

As this generation enters the workforce, their technological proficiency can aid them in comprehending the intricacies of health insurance, according to Dr. Donald Tavakoli, the national medical director for behavioral health at UnitedHealthcare.

“It’s crucial for them to grasp the fundamental health insurance terminology and navigate common health insurance concepts,” Dr. Tavakoli emphasized. “Once they’re acquainted with the health plan, they can optimize their benefits.”

Dr. Tavakoli also highlighted that individuals of Gen Z, aged under 26, can retain coverage under specific plans through their parents’ health insurance, affording them a transition period to navigate this aspect.

The proactive approach taken by Gen Z in tackling their mental health challenges, along with their tech-savviness, is poised to shape the future landscape of mental health discussions and access to care.


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