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By Jim Tonkowich, The Stream, November 13, 2022

James Tonkowich, a senior contributor to The Stream, is a freelance writer, speaker and commentator on spirituality, religion and public life. He is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today and Pears, Grapes, and Dates: A Good Life After Mid-Life. Jim serves as Director of Distance Learning at Wyoming Catholic College and is host of the college’s weekly podcast, “The After Dinner Scholar.”

Jim TonkowichSociological studies are rarely tear-jerkers, but this one is. Harmony Healthcare IT surveyed over one thousand 18- to 24-year-olds, members of Generation Z, about their mental health. The results are heartbreaking.

The Mental Health of Gen Z

Forty-two percent have a diagnosed mental health condition, and of those 57% are taking medication for their problems. Doing the math: one in four Gen Zers takes psychiatric medication.

The study reports, “Nearly a third (31%) of Gen Zers would rate their overall mental health in 2022 as bad. When asked to describe their mental health over the period of one month, one out of four reported having more bad days than good. On average, Gen Z reported about ten tough mental health days in the span of one month.” …

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