The majority of the working class in India falls in the ‘Millennial’ generation. Years change, but the issues of millennials don’t. One of the biggest challenges this generation struggles with is taking care of their ‘Mental Health.’ Let’s decode the connection between Millennials, their mental health, and Prime Minister Modi.
Who are Millennials?
- Millennials are the generation that is born between 1981-1996
- Stuck between the modern world GenZ and GenX, Millennials often find difficulty fitting in
- Approximately 400 million people in India are from this generation
- The most common trait among millennials is said to be adaptiveness to change, passion for learning, and more
Mental Health issues:
- As belonging to the working class, there’s a lot of pressure on millennials
- This pressure often depicts itself as depression, anxiety, existential crisis, and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Several studies have proven that not only in India but also worldwide that millennials tend to fall sick more often
- A 2019 report in The Hindu claims that one in five women in India face polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which has side effects like depression and anxiety
- Anxiety attacks are also quite common among the Millennials and GenZ
India’s step towards better mental health:
- There was a lot of taboo around mental health issues in India
- It wasn’t taken seriously, or as a real disease
- Whenever someone visited a psychiatrist, they were termed as ‘Pagal’
- Though for the first time in Indian history, an initiative was announced by the finance minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman during the 2022-23 budget session
- ‘National Tele Mental Health Programme’ will be helpful in the view of ‘long covid’ as well as will be accessible for counseling to improve quality mental health
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through his actions as well as words often encourages quality mental health
- Ancient yoga practices also help in gaining mastery over the mind, which PM often encourages
It’s not just millennials who face mental health issues, everyone does. The need of the hour is to recognize it and take proper treatment. As mental health doesn’t just affect your mind but also your physical health.