The results of a recent study showed that 50% of Millennials and 75% of Gen-Zers quit a job due to issues related to mental health. According to the report conducted by Mind Share Partners, Qualtrics and SAP, burnout, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years among Millennials and Gen-Zers. While this study focuses on these two generations in particular, mental health issues affect all types of people.
Unrelenting stress and anxiety makes you feel tired, empty, weak, dejected, incapable and unsuccessful. In our society, if someone breaks their leg skiing, the person will regale their audience with tales of adventure about how it happened. Everyone will offer their best wishes for a speedy recovery and check in with the injured person every so often. However, when it comes to mental health matters, there’s a discomfort and reticence to discuss the subject. There is an underlying shame when talking about depression, burnout, anxiety and related matters. This exacerbates the situation, making the person feel even more alone with no one to turn to.
Work-related burnout, according to professionals, is very common and results from long-term, unresolvable stress on the job. Burnout, in layman’s terms, is when you’re emotionally and physically drained, disillusioned and exhausted.
It’s not surprising that mental health issues are becoming a big challenge for Millennials and Gen-Zers. They are faced with thousands of dollars in student loan debt obligations that will be hard to pay back when the job market is saturated with other similarly situated college graduates. This is particularly a problem for those who elected to major in studies that don’t yield reasonably paying salaries post graduation. Saddled with debt, it becomes financially challenging to get married, purchase a home and raise children. Their situation seems less attractive to their parents’ lifestyles and wealth status.
We are bombarded by unrelenting negative news. We’re told by experts that climate change will end the world in 12 years if we don’t make radical changes. Our political leaders engage in fighting and name calling—instead of trying to make things better. Geopolitical tensions run high. For some generations, we’ve been involved in unending wars for almost the entire duration of their lives.