HEALTH

Millennials Need Mental-Health Care, But Struggle To Access It. Advocates Hope To Change That.

By TyLisa C. Johnson
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) According to a 2018 survey by the American Psychological Association, millennials and generation Z are more likely than others to report their mental health as fair or poor. In the survey, millennials reported the highest average stress level of all generations.

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When Aishia Correll struggled with her mental health a few years ago, she thought she had nowhere to turn. So, she began painting and that became her therapy.

Therapy wasn’t how issues were solved when Correll was growing up, she said. She recalls her family’s matriarchs leaning on each other, not therapy, as refuge. Talk of therapy was coupled with fear and stereotypes of what the services implied.

Now 27 and a health-care strategist focusing on patient experiences, she’s working to normalize accessible, affordable mental health care and wants to “flip what health care looks like,” for millennials, women of color, and the LGBTQ community, she said.

For young people, the need for access to mental health care is real.

Millennials and Generation Z are more likely than others to report their mental health as fair or poor, according to a 2018 survey by the American Psychological Association. In the survey, millennials reported the highest average stress level of all generations.

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