Graphs reveal nearly 40% of baby boomers feel anxious and depressed amid the pandemic while more than half of millennials want to talk to a therapist to help them cope with coronavirus
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- All generations, including Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation reported worsening mental health
- More than half of Millennials and Generation Z said their mental health had ‘somewhat’ or ‘significantly’ worsened
- At least 40% of all generations said they be strongly or extremely likely to talk to a mental health professional
- One-third each of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation said it wasn’t likely at all they would speak to somebody
- The results come on the heels of several polls that showed the coronavirus pandemic taking a toll on the mental health of US adults
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
New graphs show how the mental health of every US generation has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation all reported feelings of anxiety and depression, the report from NRC Health found.
Declining mental health was most experienced by Millennials and Generation Z, more than half of whom said it had ‘somewhat’ or ‘significantly’ worsened.
The authors say the findings are not surprising and that it’s expected that adults have become anxious about their lives being upended over such a short period of time whether it’s regarding stay-at-home orders, losing their jobs or fears of falling ill.
For the report, titled the NRC Health National Study, the team surveyed 2,000 Americans between April 3 and April 7.
Researchers first asked how the respondents’ mental health, including feelings of anxiety or depression, had changed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
More than 40 percent of all generations said their mental health had ‘somewhat worsened’ during the pandemic.
Nearly half of Generation Z and Millennials reported worsening feelings compared to 40 percent of Generation X, 38 percent of Baby Boomers and 35 percent of the Silent Generations.
However, Generation X had the highest percentage of respondents – one-fifth- who said their mental health had ‘significantly worsened.
Next, respondents were asked how likely they would be to talk to a mental health professional about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their emotions.
On a scale of one (not likely at all) to five (extremely likely), 40 percent said they be strongly or extremely likely to talk to a professional.
More than 50 percent of Generation Z, Millennial and Generation X said they would likely speak to another person.
About one-third each of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation said it wasn’t likely at all they would speak to somebody.
Experts say this is because both generations grew up in eras during which mental health issues were not discussed, let alone acknowledged.
Despite living in era where the stigma has been significantly reduced, they likely still hold on to the beliefs of the era they were brought up in.