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Gen Z is not in ‘crisis’, so don’t project it onto them

Feelings of sadness or confusion should not be mistaken for serious mental issues – and young people today are better equipped to deal with them than we ever were

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One thing I was on the lookout for when writing Generation Z: their voices, their lives was the much-talked-about “mental health crisis” ravaging the young. Having interviewed about 2,000 teenagers for the book, I’ve continued looking out for the phenomenon while researching my next book and planning my radio show for teenagers. But here’s the thing: I don’t think there is anything like the crisis we are constantly told about.

For sure, lots of young people are suffering with mental health problems to greatly varying degrees, but there always have been. To read all the current newspaper ...

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