Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They may not have entered the workforce, finished school or college, be in a relationship with a significant other, or started a family. Young adults also may feel robbed of important turning points in their lives that they imagined or planned on achieving before the pandemic. Some have spent a lot of time practicing, studying, or waiting, only to have sports competitions, performances, or graduations cancelled or postponed. Others have had to change their wedding plans, are starting or raising a family, or are struggling to keep a job. Additionally, plans for jobs or further education might seem out of reach due to new social and financial challenges.
The state Department of Health has prepared guides for parents and mentors who want to help: