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Paige McCullough / Dec. 8, 2020

The Decline of Gen Z

From the trenches, mental health issues are the real pandemic in 2020.

The year 2020 has brought many challenges. Jobs were taken away, businesses, stores, and restaurants were shut down, and students were sent home. The Democrat Party and its Leftmedia outlets constantly churned fear and angst.

As a high school student, I have struggled both academically and mentally because of the sudden halt in normal life.

Sadly, I am not in the minority when it comes to suffering from the constant stress and strain that has besieged my generation. Some 91% of “Gen Zers” report a physical or emotional reaction to stress within the last year, and multiple surveys show that young people’s mental health has been affected more by COVID-19 than the mental health of adults.

For these reasons (among many others), the outcome of the latest election has heaped stress on those of us who count ourselves as conservative and Christian young people.

It is discouraging for me to see my peers, many whom were once straight-A students, barely finding the motivation to complete assignments. I have not talked with a single student who has not been negatively impacted both academically and mentally by the dramatic changes our state and local governments have taken in response to the pandemic.

As both a student and a daughter, I am asking you, teachers and parents, to pay attention to your kids as they struggle to navigate this year. Check on them. The health of my generation will continue to decline unless parents are acutely aware of what is going on with their kids. From the school trenches, mental health issues will prove to be a significant result of the pandemic in 2020.

If you did not catch “Notes From a Teacher’s Desk” by Patriot Post Advisory Committee member Barbara James, please read it.

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