A study reveals that Gen Zs are experiencing high bouts of depression and anxiety due to the impact of COVID-19. We list these struggles and what companies can do to help.

When it comes to mental health, the numbers don’t look good for Asia, particularly the Philippines. According to the AXA Study of Mind Health and Wellbeing 2023—a study conducted by insurance provider AXA—the number of Filipino respondents in the Generation Z, or Gen Z bracket (ages 18 to 24 years old) “that admitted [to] going through bouts of depression and anxiety were higher than global numbers.”

In fact, numbers for the Philippines show that responses for depression are at 35%, while anxiety is at 16%. In comparison, global numbers are at 27% and 12%, respectively.

The numbers likewise look bleak when we zero in on Gen Z. According to the study, Gen Z “appears to be taking the brunt of the impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. As a matter of fact, more than 54% of Gen Z globally and 51% in Asia are experiencing poor mental health.

So what has been contributing to the poor mental health that Gen Z is experiencing? The study further “identifies specific challenges they face in today’s workplace, while also highlighting the need for employers to explore tailored support to address a potential surge in turnover in young talent.”

In this article, we list these workplace struggles and what companies can do to help their Gen Z employees.

The Gen Z Group, Explained

Gen Z is the generation of people born between 1997 to 2012. Known as digital natives, Gen Z is also the first generation to grow up with the internet as an integral part of their daily lives. What's more, this generation spans a wide range, with the oldest at 26—usually already working by then—while the youngest are still preteens.

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