Millennials - Mental Health Issues at Record High
- Date: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Millennials are considered an anxious generation, which is often attributed to an obsession with technology and the stress that comes with trying to fit into a social media-driven world. Official mental health statistics show that mental disorders, distress, and feelings of depression among millennials are at an all-time high, more than trebling in the last few years.
The data shows:
- 1,180 students left university in early 2014 -15 due to mental health problems
- 50% of mental health problems occur by the age of 14 and 75% by age 24
- Five times as many students suffer from a mental health condition compared to 10 years ago
- A third of young women and one in 10 young men suffer from panic attacks
The Effects of Social Media
According to a recent survey by the Royal Society for Public Health, Instagram has been named the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing. Almost 1,500 teens and young adults across the UK were surveyed, with the consensus being that the photos featured on the platform contributes to high levels of anxiety and depression, bullying, body image issues, and FOMO – the fear of missing out.
Previous studies have also suggested that the more social media sites a young person uses, the more likely he or she is to report anxiety and depression. Since social media posts often depict aspirational and often unattainable lifestyles, these create feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
How to Support Millennials in the Workplace
1. Encourage Positive Thinking
While this may be difficult in times of extreme anxiety or depression, promote positive thinking. Encourage thinking such as, ‘I will do my best’ to gain a clearer perspective on what’s important. This will take effort, but with practice will help the employee to stop negative thoughts and steer them into more productive areas.
2. Encourage Physical Activity
Getting up and moving around is a natural way to clear your head and release built-up stress and tension. Not only that, doing mild exercise can also boost your mood, reduce anxiety, and help you think more clearly.
3. Encourage Healthy Feeding of Brain and Body
Having a well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to feel good about yourself, and it’s beneficial to the brain as well. We often forget about the power of nutritional foods as the pace of life often calls for quick fixes like fast food. But, healthy food has a great effect on your mood, energy and concentration levels. Including foods like oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, yoghurt, nuts, milk, and eggs to a diet can work wonders.
4. Encourage a Focus on the Present
Instead of rehashing mistakes and failures encourage the employee to focus on the present moment. Get the employee to focus on what their goals are and how they plan to achieve them. By learning healthy coping strategies, the employee can manage stressful situations more easily, while maintaining wellbeing and mental health.
5. Encourage Talking with a Trusted Manager, Friends and Family Members
Talking to anyone about mental health can be a daunting experience. Millennials do not realise that their peers can be experiencing similar feelings of anxiety and stress and dealing with them together can prove helpful. Trusted managers and family members can act as valuable confidantes during difficult times and may be able to provide help or may simply offer encouragement during a tough time. If you have access to a Mental Health First Aider then set up a discussion for the employee.
For further information regarding Mental Health First Aider training please view our website at: http://www.ssg.co.uk/services/training/mental-health-first-aid
Source: Gavin Parrott