How isolation harms mental health for Gen Z
There are a number of red flags when it comes to mental health – and young people tell us that when the red flag of isolation starts waving, it’s time to pay attention. Our data show that only 34 percent of young people feel safe talking to adults about mental health issues, and while friends are often a go-to, sometimes young people hesitate to even engage them for fear of feeling like a burden.
Several of the young people we talked to mentioned that the worst part of the pandemic wasn’t the threat of illness, but the isolation that came from keeping away from friends and family.
But for some young people, having faith was a way to combat isolation: