Millennials, now in their thirties, are no longer kids and while they might outwardly show a stable life with participation trophies collecting dust, shiny social media profiles, jobs, and relationships, it is possible they are struggling with adulthood.
According to Jeffrey Arnett, a professor of psychology at Clark University and a pioneer in the field of adolescent development, many millennials still have a difficult time adjusting. Many feel aimless in their new roles, even after finishing college and having their own jobs, and they keep putting off making important life decisions because they didn’t feel ready for adulthood.
Many of the challenges millennials face are based on their cultural, economic, and political backgrounds and current societal events and economic conditions, and older generations expect a lot from them, adding to their stress. Millennials’ young adults carry generational influence, and they are expected to have a positive impact on the society.
Despite the negative connotations of millennials on social media, they do appear to be the most optimistic generation of all time. They are increasingly determined to pursue their independence and thrive. Although they struggle to adjust to adulthood, millennials are still more optimistic about their futures than their predecessors, especially for their future economic status. They are more likely to believe that their children will have a good standard of living, while older adults are apprehensive of the future.
We hope that over the next decade the cost of professional care will diminish and that our culture will become more supportive and understanding of all the mental health challenges millennials face. The rise of better business practices and health-based nonprofits is a good indicator that this might happen.
If you or someone you know needs immediate mental health-related attention, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line (741-741) with the word HOME. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
If you think someone is an immediate danger to themselves or others, please call 911 and ask for first responders trained in mental health crises.