Nearly 90% of Teens and Young Adults Have Mental Health Challenges, Survey Finds 

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Catherine Ho has this story on a new survey showing an overwhelming majority of young people reporting mental and emotional distress:

“A remarkable 87% of Gen Z people ages 14 to 25 say they face mental health challenges on a regular basis, according to a survey released Thursday.

Nearly 9 out of 10 U.S. teens and young adults say they experience mental health challenges regularly, according to a national survey released Thursday by the Harris Poll and health insurer Blue Shield of California. 

Eighty-seven percent of people ages 14 to 25 say they have mental health challenges on a regular basis, the survey found. It was conducted May 31 to June 13 and included responses from 1,368 people, including 318 in California. . . . 

The most commonly reported mental health issues among survey respondents were anxiety (58%), feeling stressed (54%), lack of motivation (53%), feeling overwhelmed (49%) and feeling lonely (45%). 

When asked about sociopolitical issues that concerned them the most, respondents said gun violence was their greatest concern — 69% of respondents said they were very concerned about this issue — followed by racism and social injustice (54%) and lack of affordable health care (51%).

The top personal concern that negatively impacted mental health was finding a good job: 50% of U.S. respondents and 55% of California respondents said this was their top concern.”

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