I don't know what it is, you guys. But it's gotta be something.
There has to be a reason why more kids, teens, and young adults are committing suicide. (Suicide is the third leading cause of death between 15 and 24 year olds in the U.S., and we just had a middle school shooting/suicide — what? — yesterday?) Why more psychoactive drugs are being prescribed to kids than ever before. Why there's a mental health crisis in colleges. Why Generation Y is experiencing higher levels of anxiety than young adults in the Great Depression.
Do we have too many distractions from the constant buzz of technology? Are we more aware of the anxiety-inducing realities of the world? How much does economics play into our fears and depression?
And how does parenthood + postpartum hormones + isolation + competing responsibilities affect the mental health of 20-something parents?
Today the ladies of Millennials + Mental Health (including moi) are teaming up with The Millennial Chat and Partners for Mental Health for a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EST today. We'll be discussing questions like:
How as the mental health of this generation differed from prior generations?
What are some of the misconceptions that Millennials' have about mental health and illness?
What are the best resources for mental health help?
If you're around a computer, I'd love for your input. Join in with the hashtag #MillennialChat and/or follow along with TweetChat. (If social media is already used for bullying, desensitizing, and overwhelming us, we might as well use the technology for good.)
Have you struggled with mental health issues, specifically as a 20-something Millennial parent? What are your triggers? How did you/are you getting help? What advice do you need on the topic? Share below!