Nobody Get’s Me: Today’s Lost Generation

Let’s face it; we’re tired… no, we’re exhausted! We’re scared, angry, and have never felt so powerless or isolated. And that’s adults! What has all this done to our young? Since we are still in the middle of it all, it is impossible to predict how this year will shape growing up. It will take years to fully understand the toll 2020 has on the development and long-term psyche of today’s children, adoles- cents, and young adults. From what we do know, there is every indication that we are going to have mental health challenges for Millennials and Generation Z, if not an outright mental health crisis. In a March poll (two months before the George Floyd tragedy) of mental health practitioners, respondents reported that mental health, including feelings of anxiety and depression, worsened during the COVID-19 crisis for two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennials.3 There is no doubt that the longer we find ourselves under the pressure of this unprecedented season, at a minimum, there will be wide-sweeping PTSD across all generations and, more acutely, for the young.

Now is the time for caretakers of the young—parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, and therapists—to prepare ourselves to be proactive in our care for, and nurture of, developing young people. Adults who care for anyone from 10-years- old to their late 20s will need to retool for a whole new developmental reality.

What We Can Assume
Although we do not know much, we do know some. As we eventually begin to emerge from the strange and chaotic world our young people have experienced over the last several months, we can safely assume three consequences.

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Kathleen Notes: We`re still finding out the true extent of the damage caused over the last year, and we probably will for a while. I would refer you to the previous article, let`s see if we can respond to trauma appropriately this time.



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