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HAT Forum - Are We Raising a Generation of Wimps?

  • The 519 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Proposer - Tanya Long

Def'n  - wimp: a weak and fearful or unadventurous person; someone lacking confidence, determination and resilience, unable to cope with normal challenges of everyday life.

Teenagers and young adults appear to be having a tough time growing up.

The incidence of mental health issues – depression, anxiety, eating disorders – in adolescents and young adults is on the rise. People between 15 and 24 report the highest rate of mental illness and addiction compared to any other age group.

What’s going on? What are some of the possible reasons for these alarming statistics?

What can we do about it?

Is there an upside, in that maybe it’s a good thing to have a more sensitive generation?

Is it really more of a problem or do we have more awareness and acceptance of the fact of mental illness?

Is this an issue that affects young women more than men? If yes, why?

Later Event: August 27
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