Why Millennials Are Spending The Holidays Alone
It's that wonderful time of year when friends, family and loved ones gather together in joyous gratitude for the most bountiful gift we've been given: each other.
Or, that's what I've been told since I was a toddler. But, my experience has never quite added up to the joyous holiday magic that commercials have promised.
As a result of the unrealistic expectations those commercials instilled me, I've had a whole lot of really shitty Christmases with family, and I've chosen to avoid them for the last three years.
So, I was unsurprised to find that a recent study found I wasn't the only one doing this.
In a poll of over 2,000 people, UK charity Mind found that one in 10 people aged 25 to 34 say they have no one to spend Christmas with, compared to one in 20 people aged over 65.
But isn't it just so perfectly MILLENNIAL to say you HAVE no one, when in fact, what you mean is, you just want no one to spend Christmas with?
One thing about millennials is, we are extremely gifted actors when it comes to playing the victim.
Well, actually, no, we aren't.
Mind also discovered half of millennials are anxious about their finances over Christmas, and dwelling on yearly failures was found to affect a third of the age group.
More concerning is the fact that 40 percent of millennials admitted to suffering from mental health issues, and one in 10 said they wouldn't want to ask others for help or advice over the festive period.
In all seriousness, this is a very upsetting trend.
If you are alone through the holidays and suffering through mental illness, please know you don't have to go through any of it alone.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone, in spite of the fact that you might feel that way.
If you need help during the holidays, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255), or you can text "GO" to the National Crisis Text Line for help.