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MILLENNIAL MINDSET – why are millennials so prone to mental health issues

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Publication date: May 4, 2018

Why are millennials so prone to mental health issues?

While the millennial generation are regularly maligned in newspapers, television and online, recent evidence suggests that British millennials are alarmingly likely to experience loneliness, one of many issues that underpins the notion that they are more susceptible to mental health concerns.

Now, Shout Out UK, one of the UK’s most prominent youth-focused news platforms, have outlined in an editorial some of the unique challenges they think are facing millennials that could be affecting their mental wellbeing.

They suggest that the inescapable nature of social media for millennials creates a raft of social pressures that help to cultivate feelings of inadequacy. Further to this, they propose that the extent of their online interactions is reducing millennials’ in-person social activities and fuelling the growth of loneliness.

Moving into the realm of economics they also suggest the financial pressures facing the millennial generation are unique in their nature. Highlighting the boom in house prices from the early 2000s, they suggest that many millennials have accepted that home ownership is an unattainable goal.

As well as the challenges that these financial pressures present, Shout Out contend that, once consigned to the rental sector, millennials are less likely to save and more likely to spend their income on cheaply available drugs and alcohol:

‘Because of a disposable income combined with less financial responsibility, those millennials who end up in a good job when they are fresh out of university can find themselves burning a hole in their pocket due to substance abuse.’

Ultimately, they conclude that the millennial generation will continue to be challenged as they become older – meaning that this generational distinction in mental health matters will not abate any time soon.

‘The chasm that exists between the millennial generation and the baby boomers before them means that millennials feel isolated, but have more perks on the face of it. This is partly due to the amount of choice in the modern world, but as millennials age, they realise that this apparent choice is very limited. It’s hardly a surprise then that mental health is such a hot topic right now and for the foreseeable future.’

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Royal wedding single proceeds to be distributed to mental health charities

 A royal wedding single has been written, it was announced this week – and all of the proceeds from the sales will be distributed to mental health charities.

‘The Big Love Song’, created by Sandra Godley, an award-winning gospel singer, has been specifically penned for Harry and Meghan, and will be performed by a specially selected group of 25 singers under the name ‘Gosp-Ability’.

Starting in March of this year, auditions were held up and down the country to find the ultimate singing group to perform the charity single. Rather than just focusing on the singers, there was also a major emphasis on their backstory – every member of the 25-person super-group either has mental health issues or has overcome obstacles with their health.

Godley said: ‘The idea for the choir is inspired by Prince Harry opening up and talking about the importance of mental health, drawing on his own experiences of bereavement as part of the Heads Together campaign.

‘This is another way of helping people who have been through tough times, it brings them together and gives them something wonderful to focus their energy on.’

Producer and The One Show Reporter, Trish Adudu, has been following the story of the group and is creating a BBC documentary called ‘The Royal Wedding Singalong’. The show will be aired on BBC News Channel at 9.30pm on Friday 11 May and again at 10.30am on Sunday 13 May.

Meanwhile, the single itself will be available to download on iTunes from 17 May, with proceeds going to carefully selected mental health charities.

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Homeland star to investigate his breakdown for BBC documentary

Actor David Harewood is to investigate the breakdown that led to his sectioning for a new BBC documentary, it was announced this week.

In the one-off programme, Harewood will revisit the circumstances that led to his hospitalisation and sectioning in London when he was 23.

While he has had acting success across TV and film over the last 20 years, Harewood is probably best known for his role as CIA Director David Estes in the hit US show Homeland – which itself has famously tackled mental health issues on screen.

He now stars in another US TV programme, Supergirl, but will take some time to revisit some of his challenging earlier life experiences for the new documentary.

‘David wants to piece together what happened to him, much of which he doesn’t remember, as well as try to understand why it happened’ the BBC said.

‘In this deeply personal and immersive film, David will retrace his steps to key locations from his breakdown and meet the people who witnessed his spiralling decline and ultimate sectioning – his best friends, his family, his casting agent. Many of whom he hasn’t spoken to about his experiences since his recovery.’

The programme will air on BBC 2 later this year.

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