Our generation is known for being incredibly politically involved and fighting for change in our communities, society, and government, and we are seeing it now more than ever. Unfortunately, in the past ten years, anxiety and depression rates have more than doubled, which has also become normalized within Generation Z. When portraying mental illness in TV shows, it is important that the approach does not romanticize and glamorize it. This is because it could give an inaccurate representation of mental illness and suicide, negatively influencing young and impressionable viewers. This influence can be seen in the shows Euphoria and 13 Reasons Why.
As we hear more experiences and the conflicts that come with growing up non-white in a white world, it is important that we understand and empathize with these experiences. Growing up, many experience casual racism, the impact of beauty standards, and whitewashing. It begins when we are brought into this world, and it lingers throughout our lives. It may be difficult to understand, especially when having not experienced these first-hand, but these things are inevitable when growing up in a predominantly white world.