One Year Later: Young Adults and COVID-19 - Shrinking It Down - MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

One Year Later: Young Adults and COVID-19 – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: COVID-19 + Family Mental Health, Culture + Society

Everyone has been hit hard mentally and emotionally during COVID-19, but there’s growing research to suggest that young adults – that special 18-26 age group – are suffering more than we might think. GenZ and Millennials had already been flagged as possibly the loneliest generation, even before the pandemic. Now, many are faced with increased social isolation and a devastating economy at a time when, developmentally, they should be building independence and identity through higher education or work.

In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Khadijah share insights on how to navigate these unique challenges, including ways to help young adults maintain a sense of purpose despite everything they can’t control.

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Do you have a question or comment about supporting young adults during Covid? We’d love to know. Write to us!

Media List (follow along with the conversation)

If you or someone you know is in distress and needs support, connect with a crisis counselor 24/7:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
  • Text “HOME” to 741741 (US/Canada). UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808. (Crisis Text Line)


Tune in wherever you get your podcasts – just search for “Shrinking It Down.”

Music by Gene Beresin

Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

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Khadijah Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, Associate Director

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and...

To learn more about Khadijah, or to contact her directly, please see Our Team.

Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, MD, MA is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also...

To learn more about Gene, or to contact him directly, please see Our Team.