Mental illness of the youth is the largest epidemic going on in our world today.
Ironically, Teenagers today are the most connected generation in the history of the world, while at the same time the loneliest. According to a study by Cigna U.S. on loneliness, 73% of Generation Z (anyone born from 2000-2015) have reported feeling sometimes or always alone. That is a huge percentage of individuals who are simply feeling isolated and it is significantly more than previous generations. loneliness is just the tip of the ice burgh, however. In fact, “Consequently, loneliness in young adults can exacerbate or be a catalyst for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, which in turn leads to more loneliness. That’s because the symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as low self-esteem and low energy, often prevent people from reaching out to others and engaging in social activities” (thenewportacademy.com). Not that loneliness is the only cause of feelings such as depression and anxiety, but it can be a big ingredient.
Because along with loneliness, there are rising levels of anxiety and depression in our youth as well. Another Pew Research survey showed that 7 in 10 U.S. teens, said that anxiety and depression is a major problem among people their age living in the community where they live. As the years have gone on the total number of teenagers experiencing depression has increased 59% between 2007 and 2017. And anxiety has done just the same.
Why are these kids feeling isolated? Why are the statistics rising so much? What happens if we don’t do something?