13 Jan Mental Health and Millennials
Millennials – the youngest generation currently in the workforce, or in college preparing to enter the workforce – are considered to be incredibly driven, responsible, dedicated and resilient. But even though they may not let it show, millennials face a tremendous amount of pressure and suffer many symptoms of stress.
At MU, 61 percent of 1,010 college students who responded to an American College Health Association assessment in fall 2014 reported feeling overwhelming anxiety within the last year. And 35.5 percent said they “felt so depressed that it was difficult to function.”
Mental health problems don’t just start in college. According to Psychology Today, “the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.”
Those statements are staggering, considering millennials carry a lot of weight beyond school, into their adult lives. Because their generation is perceived as professionally ambitious, many companies aim to place their future in millennial hands. It’s a lot to ask of a young, energetic generation that’s eager to succeed.
Compounding this, Dr. Susan Blumenthal explains for The Huffington Post, are other health risks millennials and difficulty accessing health care they need. Since many serious mental illnesses manifest in early adulthood, it’s especially important that millennials and their loved ones recognize the signs of psychological distress and seek intervention at their onset, to avoid further complicating mental health issues with pressures of school or work.
For millennials who are dealing with mental illness, or suspect they may have symptoms of mental illness, in addition to the care of a mental health professional there are a number of resources online to help you see you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing. One such site, Matters of the Mind, has many videos with interesting educational information as well as personal stories from millennials who are recovering from mental illness.