Billy Penn: COVID wrecking your mental health? New initiative will award $100k to pilot solutions for Philly millennials

Smoking more, drinking more alcohol and using more recreational drugs — all while mental health problems grow.


That’s been the growing landscape for millennials in the Philadelphia region and across the country for several years now, according to federal data. Millennials suffer from more anxiety disorders and higher depression rates than other generations. They carry much of the burden of the opioid epidemic. Black millennials in the U.S., faced with inequitable social opportunities, often fare worse.