Lonely, burned out, and depressed: The state of millennials' mental health in 2019
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- As part of World Mental Health Day, Business Insider looked into the state of millennials' mental health.
- Depression and "deaths of despair" are on the rise among millennials, many of whom suffer from loneliness, money stress, and burnout in the workplace.
- But millennials are changing the way people look at mental health by being more open about their issues and destigmatizing therapy.
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Millennials are changing the way people look at and talk about mental health.
As part of World Mental Health Day, Business Insider took a look at the current mental health state of millennials (defined by the Pew Research Center as the cohort turning 23 to 38 in 2019). It doesn't look pretty - depression and "deaths of despair" are both on the rise among the generation, linked to issues such as loneliness and money stress.
Millennials also feel their jobs have an outsize role in their overall mental health. Due to longer work hours and stagnant wages, millennials suffer from higher rates of burnout than other generations. Many of them have even quit their jobs for mental health reasons.
While some millennials can't afford to get help, they're more likely to go to therapy than previous generations, destigmatizing the concept in the process.
Here are 11 ways mental illness has plagued the millennial generation.
Depression is on the rise among millennials.
"Deaths of despair" are also on the rise.
It's partly linked to money stress.
Money stress isn't just contributing to millennials' mental health — it also means not everyone can afford to seek treatment.
Millennials are also lonely.
And they're dealing with burnout in and out of the workplace.
Many millennials dealing with mental health problems at work say their office does not provide adequate support.
Employees who work outside a traditional 9-to-5 are particularly vulnerable to depression, as are women, LGBTQ people, and racial minorities.
Globally, workers say discrimination due to a mental illness is more prevalent than other forms of workplace bias.
Nearly half of millennials have left a job for mental health reasons.
For all their mental health issues, there's a bright side — millennials, known as "the therapy generation," are helping to destigmatize therapy.
If you're struggling with depression, get help.
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