THE STATE OF GEN Z: How the youngest Americans are dealing with a world in crisis and a future that’s been put on hold

The coronavirus pandemic is having a notably negative impact on the mental health of Gen Zers, according to several studies. Pew Research defines the oldest of Gen Zers as turning 23 this year.  Gen Zers were already dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression before the global health crisis. As the most socially-driven generation, Gen Zers have been surrounded these past few years by news of mass shootings, deportations, the opioid crisis, and rising suicide rates. Those issues have had a severe impact on Gen Zers, and the pandemic has compounded their stress. Many have had to deal with

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