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In the News: Blue Shield of California Survey Finds Climate Change Is Taking a Toll on Gen Z Mental Health

Blue Shield of California recently commissioned a Harris Poll that asked 1,300 Gen Z youth about their perceptions and concerns regarding climate change. Three quarters of respondents said that climate change-related news has caused them to experience a mental health-related issue such as anxiety, depression, and even headaches.

News media coverage included:

From KPIX-5 in San Francisco

A new study shows concerns about climate change are having a significant negative impact on the mental health of Gen Z.  KPIX 5 Reporter Devin Fehely has more: 

Watch the full story here.


From Fair Play Talks

Nearly two in three youth in the U.S. (and three in four in California) have experienced at least one mental or physical health-related issue stemming from a natural disaster or environmental event. Alarmingly, there has been an increase in stress and anxiety in Gen Z youth across the US as well as in California, compared to last year.

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For more on Blue Shield of California’s NextGen Climate Survey click here.

For more on Blue Shield of California’s youth mental health initiative, BlueSky, click here.