Have Millennials Made Therapy ‘Trendy’?

Millennials are known as the ‘therapy generation’. They seek help with their mental health more readily than previous generations and are open about it.

According to Deloitte’s 2023 Millennial and Gen Z survey:

  • 4 in 10 millennials feel stressed or anxious most or all of the time
  • 82% say that mental health support and policies are important when considering an employer
  • 73% cite concerns about their mental health contributing to their stress

So mental health is important to millennials. Why?

Millennials shared experience

An elder millennial like me, born in 1981, has lived through multiple recessions. World-changing terrorist attacks taking place live on international television. Rapid technological change. A digital world that is more connected and always on. Topped off with a traumatic global pandemic and imminent climate crisis.

Millennials work longer hours than older generations for less reward and find themselves priced out of the property market. Studies and news reports regularly remind us that we have less opportunities and a worse quality of life than our parents’ generation.

Perhaps it’s because of these shared experiences that millennials are more open about their mental health.

Have millennials destigmatised therapy compared to previous generations?

They’re certainly more open to it. This survey found that only 8% of baby boomers were willing to see a therapist, whereas 45% of millennials were willing to seek therapy. It found therapy stigma was ‘rampant’ among older adults.

Why are millennials happier to share their mental health experiences? Perhaps because so many of us are active on social media, we are more used to sharing personal experiences.

Younger millennials are the first generation to grow up with the internet as an ever present thing. With ready access to mobile phones and social media apps. It’s one big conversation.

What does this mean for millennial therapy?

More people looking to access therapy will lead to a rise in demand for therapists. Coupled with a cost of living crisis which could price many out of traditional therapy environments. How do we balance the two?

Innovation.

Many therapists are offering telephone therapy, or online therapy via video call, to make therapy more accessible. Therapy has to be available in all forms, at the drop of a hat.

How can you access therapy?

Whatever generation you belong to, if you need help then please don’t be afraid to reach out. The two main routes to therapy here in the UK are via the NHS or privately.

  • Talking therapies are available free with the NHS to which you can self refer or your GP can refer you. NHS adult mental health services often have a long waiting list however and offer a limited amount of sessions.
  • You can find a therapist from our network of highly skilled practitioners. We offer in-person or online appointments and our therapists cover a wide variety of specialties.
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