We've all heard that Millenials, those born in the 80s and 90s, are spoiled and unmotivated. It's said that Millenials are more likely to be overly confident, but also overly miserable. For example, in the past, people associated suicide and depression with middle age. But today, mental illness seems to be heavily associated with young adults. Is that true?

NPR thinks the data shows otherwise. We don't have much mental health data when baby boomers were in their late teens and 20s. But the federal government's data from the early 2000s shows that depression rates have remained steady in the last 15 years.

Young adult suicide rates increased through the '70s and '80s. But they have continued to slowly decrease from the '90s onward.

Regardless of increasing or decreasing rates, depression and suicide is still a major issue amongst our young adults. But, to me, one of the most hopeful things to note is that Millenials are generally more comfortable discussing mental health amongst peers and adults. And this helps reduce the stigma and encourages people who need it to seek mental health care.


Posted on October 15, 2015 .