What’s up with Generation Z?

  • March 3, 2024
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Is the reported rise in mental illness among under-25s down to more awareness and less stigma – or is something truly amiss with young people? We ask therapists, academics and survivors

It’s a rite of passage for any new generation to be labelled lazy and feckless by their elders, and so it was for twentysomethings last week with the news that they are more likely to be out of work because of mental health problems.

Instead of taking seriously the idea that a mental health crisis was developing, it was far easier to re-ink some cliches about workshy snowflakes and generation sicknote. Such insults have been levelled at every generation, from those now labelled millennials, generation X, baby boomers and the silent generation, and even as far back as Horace and Aristotle in ancient times.

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