Millennials are reporting increasing rates of depression, anxiety and stress. Depression diagnoses alone are up 31% for millennials since 2014 with depression now affecting 5.5% of millennials in West Michigan.
Why is the rate rising is not completely clear, however many factors have been identified such as lack of a supportive community, financial and work stress, pressure to be always connected and more. Millennials may also report at a higher level than past generations at the same age because mental health screenings are more available than in the past and Millennials are more educated about mental health.
The good news is that individuals can do much to protect and strengthen their mental and health.
• Stop trying to be perfect or a superman/woman.
• Focus on better self-care (healthy diet, exercise, etc.) which can reduce effects of stress.
• Find a community to belong to such as a local philanthropic group with similar interests as you, church, volunteer organization, fitness or hobby group, etc.
• Look into debt consolidation and or financial planning programs to reduce financial stress.