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Connections: Discussing the pandemic's mental health burden on young adults


Research shows the pandemic has had significant mental health burdens on young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 63 percent of 18-24-year-olds surveyed reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, with 25 percent reporting increased substance use to deal with that stress. 25 percent said they seriously considered suicide.

This hour, we talk to mental health experts about this issue, as well as young people who share their personal experiences. Our guests:

  • Megan Clifford, psychotherapist and mental health first aid instructor.
  • Soren Kilmer, student at Nazareth College
  • Julia Smith, contributing writer 585 Magazine and recent Nazareth College graduate
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.