Being Not Doing: The Church, Young People, and Mental Health

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FaceThe Lily-Jo Project
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In this paper, we discuss how children’s Christian ministry leaders can respond to the mental health challenges young people in Generation Z and Generation Alpha currently face. We establish what we believe are some of the biggest causes for concern in young people’s lives today, namely self-harm, anxiety and depression. We demonstrate how current social and political climates are contributing to young people’s mental health problems, particularly:

  • social media’s contributions to body dissatisfaction and self-harm;

  • the changing rates of anxiety in young people as a reflection of the current pressure on academic achievement;

  • young people’s decline in mental health since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • the rise of depression among Generation Z and Generation Alpha due to worries about climate change and political upheaval.

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