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Millennials need mental-health care, but struggle to access it

February 7, 2019

Aishia Correll, 27, is a North Philadelphia native and health-care strategist who wants to intertwine art and therapy and give millennials access to affordable services.

 

When Aishia Correll struggled with her mental health a few years ago, she thought she had nowhere to turn. So, she began painting and that became her therapy.

 

Therapy wasn’t how issues were solved when Correll was growing up, she said. She recalls her family’s matriarchs leaning on each other, not therapy, as refuge. Talk of therapy was coupled with fear and stereotypes of what the services implied.

 

Now 27 and a health-care strategist focusing on patient experiences, she’s working to normalize accessible, affordable mental health care and wants to “flip what health care looks like,” for millennials, women of color, and the LGBTQ community, she said.

 

For young people, the need for access to mental health care is real.

 

Millennials and Generation Z are more likely than others to report their mental health as fair or poor, according to a 2018 survey by the American Psychological Association. In the survey, millennials reported the highest average stress level of all generations

 

 

At the same time, young adults are more likely than older generations to receive professional mental-health services. More than one-third of both millennials and Generation Z reported receiving treatment or therapy from a