Our State of Mind: 13 Important Statistics About Millennials and Mental Health

As a 20-something who has primarily come of age in the nation's two most populous cities, I feel that the complexities of mental health have dominated my personal experience—as well as the conversations I share with my friends. I bring up my location because studies show that conditions like depression and anxiety tend to see a higher occurrence in urban areas; I bring up my age because millennials are reporting these conditions at a higher rate than any generation before. Even if it doesn't necessarily mean that we're suffering any more than our older counterparts, the point is that we're talking about it—and in turn chipping away at stigmas that have existed virtually forever.

I see this in my daily interactions with my peers. We're open with each other about anxiety and mood disorders. I have spoken at length with one of my dearest friends about our persistent impostor syndrome, which tends to be rampant among people our age—supporting each other through this inexplicable feeling of ineptitude is actually how we became so close. And I share an intense bond with so many women—too many women—over our history with eating disorders and the winding, never-ending road to recovery. It's a sisterhood, really, and I think that's probably because feeling seen and understood in this regard felt evasive for so long.

But this is just my experience—one of millions in a generation that has come to be defined by its relationship with mental health. Below, find some of the most telling statistics about millennials and mental health.