Bengaluru: They might talk smooth and brim with confidence about their jobs. Their Facebook and Instagram feeds too would reflect the same, but deep down, this highly educated, tech-savvy and self-confident lot, which calls itself the Millennials, is more depressed than the non-Millennials.
In a country where one in 20 people is suffering from depression, the Millennials have a lot to worry about. A recent analysis by 1to1Help.net, which has conducted some three lakh counselling sessions of various employees in various MNCs, finds that the Millennials are the more stressed out than the non-Millennials at workplace.
“We tried to dig deeper into the issues faced by the Millennials through an online depression test. Some 5,000 people participated in the test, while we also looked at more than 3,00,000 counselling sessions we conducted. We found out that the Millennials are the more stressed than the non-Millennials," says Ms Archana Bisht, Director, 1to1Help.net. The reasons included relationship with the manager, lack of decision making in their roles, no clarity in their role and responsibility, she says.
Dr Mohan K. Isaac, former HoD of Nimhans (Department of Psychiatry), WHO consultant, consultant to the Indian government on Mental Health Policies and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, says, “In corporate structure, there is a different work ethic which is good, but can be different for different people who cope differently. Many have a place to vent out the frustration, stress and anxiety or join programmes where they can release stress. But many do not have friends or other avenues which keep stress at bay."
V. Vandana, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Vikram Hospital, stresses the need for regular awareness programmes and counselling sessions. “Some companies have in-house counsellors, but a clinical psychologist is recommended for employees with depression and other such issues. They can also hold some group sessions once every two or three months and conduct some awareness camps in which they can highlight what warning signs and who to reach out to," says Vandana....