Young adults in California experience alarming rates of anxiety and depression, poll finds

A poll of young Californians finds a generation feeling the strain of problems from the cost of housing to a lack of healthcare.

Young adults in California experience mental health challenges at alarming rates, with more than three-quarters reporting anxiety in the last year, more than half reporting depression, 31% experiencing suicidal thinking, and 16% self-harm, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the California Endowment.

The poll of nearly 800 Californians ages 18 to 24 also found young people facing significant barriers to getting help — with nearly half of those who wanted to speak to a mental health professional saying they had been unable to do so, and many saying cost or lack of access had stopped them

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