Generation Z, broadly defined as those born between 1997 and 2012, make up about 72 million people who are on track to becoming the most educated and diverse generation in this country’s history. They are also the most stressed out generation.
College students normally struggle with mood disorders, eating disorders, and addiction. College age Gen Z-ers are also experiencing unprecedented increases in anxiety, depression and loneliness. Add a pandemic, political unrest, and systemic racism and inequality, and mental health resources for students are needed more than ever.
What can you do if you’re feeling overwhelmed?
Ask for help. Talk to a clinician or therapist. They can teach you coping skills, how to build resilience, breathing exercises, and other techniques to help mitigate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
What can you do right now to feel better?
It’s not always possible for everyone to build a support system of family and friends. Look for community support groups you can join. Listening to others can make you feel less alone. Try exercise, meditation, or writing in a journal. Self-help books based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may also help. Make sure you get enough restful sleep, and don’t neglect your hygiene or healthy eating habits.
Confused about your therapy choices?
Book a free 15 minute clinical consultation with us. We’ll help answer your questions and you can see if we’re a good fit.