416 - Mental Health is Harder Today
Episode Title: Mental Health is Harder Today
Studies show that younger workers are struggling with their mental health more than their older peers. What’s going on with this generation? Find out, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome! It’s a new week on The Perna Syndicate and I’m your host, Mark Perna. A lot of people would say their stress level today is higher than it was prior to the pandemic, but younger professionals especially are finding life harder.
One recent survey reported that 34% of individuals under 40 indicate that they feel in crisis or have concerns about their mental health and their ability to cope. Of those 50 and older, only 8% said the same.
Another study found that 61% of Millennial and Gen-Z workers worldwide are stressed, overwhelmed, and in danger of burnout at work, compared to 40% of those 35 and above. What are they most worried about? Finances, job security, and failing to meet their career goals were the top stressors.
I call the Millennials and Generation Z collectively ‘the Why Generation,’ because that’s the question they’re always asking. Their innate curiosity about how things work is a valuable asset in the workplace, but their growing mental health challenges may threaten their contribution.
This week, we’re going to talk about the three biggest reasons that younger-gen workers are struggling with their mental health more than their older peers. It’s a tough time right now, but with the right support, these talented young people can come through it more resilient than they were before.
Tomorrow: are strained work relationships adding to the burnout that many people are experiencing? We’ll talk about that and more on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!