person rolling ball of money up a steep hill Younger Americans have built up less wealth and have less experience with navigating the health care system, which can create barriers to getting needed care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new report from consulting firm McKinsey finds “unprecedented” behavioral health challenges among Gen Z Americans. The age group, which ranges from middle-school students to younger members of the workforce, has significantly more issues with behavioral health than other age groups, the study found. Their conclusions are not unique: the U.S. Surgeon General recently issued a public advisory describing a “youth mental health crisis,” which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report pointed to consumer surveys that found Gen Z members more likely to report behavioral health issues, more likely to be diagnosed with mental health conditions, and more likely to contemplate suicide than other generations.

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