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We at Mijem are dedicated to helping Gen Z combat mental health concerns and the many consequences that can occur when the proper care is out of reach. Depression, anxiety, and many other ailments are sure to follow when mental health is not at the forefront of the discussion. For many reasons, these issues disproportionally affect the younger population. Because of this, we believe this is an issue important for us and want to do our part to fight these growing issues within our community.

Generation Z is significantly more likely (27 percent) than other generations, including millennials (15 percent) and Gen Xers (13 percent), to report their mental health as fair or poor, according to the American Psychological Association [1]. This means one in four of your friends, classmates, co-workers, and family members are suffering, often in silence.

Many things can lead to high-stress levels in teens and young adults. Among the top is cyberbullying. According to a Pew Research Center study, 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online [2]. This means the majority of teens have felt the real effects of such harassment. This type of stress leads to many negatives mental health outcomes.

Gen Z may also have increased stress due to world issues such as climate change, political discourse, and fear about the uncertainty in the world over the last several months. The CDC reports that one in four 18 to 24-year-olds said that they have thought about self-harm during the pandemic, and more than half reported at least one negative mental health symptom [3]. This means it is more important than ever to consider the urgency of mental health in Gen Z due to the pandemic and other contributing stressors.

Mijem’s objective is to raise awareness for mental health illnesses, reduce incidence of poor mental health in Gen Z, and foster a healthier community for all of our users. We are doing everything in our power to promote this goal within our organization and are excited to share what’s next in helping us achieve it. Please stay tuned for program announcements.

Sources

  1. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/01/gen-z
  2. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2018/09/27/a-majority-of-teens-have-experienced-some-form-of-cyberbullying/
  3. https://www.benefitnews.com/advisers/news/the-pandemic-is-taking-a-toll-on-gen-zs-mental-health-cvs-survey-finds