Faith Leaders, Let’s Embrace the Racial/Ethnic Identity of Young People of Color
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by Christianity Today in an article written by our Senior Research Associate, Nabil Tueme. You can see an excerpt of this article in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
The latest data from Springtide Research Institute, where I work as Senior Research Associate, confirm these trends. In 2022, nearly half of young people (47%) told Springtide they were moderately or extremely depressed, 55% reported being moderately or extremely stressed, and 45% said they were moderately or extremely lonely.
For Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC hereafter), the mental health crisis is compounded by experiences of racial prejudice and discrimination. Research in psychology shows that these experiences are associated with elevated levels of trauma symptoms, depression, anxiety, and suicidality.
Despite these experiences, a new study from Springtide, Navigating Injustice: A Closer Look at Race, Faith & Mental Health, reveals that young BIPOC are flourishing mentally and emotionally at rates comparable to their White peers.