Generation Z: The State of our Mental Well Being

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Generation Z: The State of our Mental Well Being

Saint Peter’s Students

By Joey Caruso, Class of 2022

It’s no secret that Gen Z is playing a large part in the movement of making mental health a necessary discussion in overall wellbeing.

In a 2020 survey conducted in New Jersey asking respondents if a health professional has diagnosed them with a depressive disorder, the percentage of adults aged 18-44 had the highest response rate out of any age group at 17.5%, an increase over their 2018 results of 11.1%.

Read Joey’s full story here: The Peacocks Weigh In on Mental Health

International Students

By Jiyun Bang, International Student, South Korea

 The pandemic that has continued over the past few years has affected our lives a lot. Many parts of everyday life have changed, and there was no exception to anyone. In particular, as time staying at home increased and daily restrictions were imposed, it also affected the mental health of many people. This was also true for university students, including international students, especially Generation Z, and had some negative consequences. 

Read Jiyun’s full story here: Our Mental Well Being: International Students

Students Take Back The Night

By Eva Reid, Class of 2022

On April 27, Saint Peter’s University students and faculty “took back the night” marching from Panepinto Plaza to Journal Square and back advocating for victims of sexual violence and domestic violence. The march, which was organized and named Take Back the Night, not only educates students on these topics but also on the topic of mental health.

Read Eva’s full story here: Students Take Back the Night

The Student Athletes

By Cara McNulty, Class of 2023

Nowadays, when you hear about Saint Peter’s University you automatically go straight to thinking about the historical run the men’s basketball team had this year. You don’t hear anything behind the scenes of the athletes. Mental health isn’t talked about as much throughout the whole campus. It is important to start spreading awareness about mental well-being as a student-athlete. 

Read Cara’s full story here: The Student Athlete and Mental Health

Hispanics Mental Well-Being

By Cynthia Tavard, Class of 2023

Graphic by Cynthia Tavard

Mental Health can be a very taboo subject to talk about within the Hispanic community. There are many reasons why Hispanics don’t seek or even understand they need help. 

Accessibility is an obstacle many face, not everyone is able to afford attending therapy. A 2019 study by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses found that Latinx have access to treatment at half the rate of non-Hispanic white people. 

Read Cynthia’s full story here: Hispanics Mental Well-Being

How to Keep Your Mental Health “Smart” from Smart Phones

By Seoyoung Kim, International Student, South Korea

For Gen Z, the smartphone is essential in many aspects of their lives but whether people realize it or not, many are addicted to smartphone which matters to their overall mental well being. Americans spend an average of 5.7 hours daily, furthermore Gen Z spends 6.5 hours daily on smartphones.

Read Seoyoung’s full story here: Mental Health and Smart Phones