Experts discuss social media's impact on Millennial's mental hea

Experts discuss social media's impact on Millennial's mental health

LUBBOCK, Texas -

A recent study conducted by Trust for America's Health shows Millennials are suffering the most when it comes to depression and substance abuse, and social media may be to blame.

Some experts believe technology contributes to the increase in suicide and over-dose deaths. In a constantly changing society, Millennials are facing challenges other generations haven't. 

"You know, you do have things like college, student loan debt. You have things like raises in the cost of living that is often very overwhelming for people in their early 20's," Robin Casey, Executive Director of Aspire Recovery Centers, said.

Casey agreed and said technology plays a major role in the development of young adults mental health issues. 

"And then we see depression increased because of the fact that so many people present their lives as better than they are online," he said. "I see individuals that feel like they're doing worse than everyone else and trying to kind of negotiate the reality of what exists digitally and what reality is seems difficult for them." 

Associate Director for the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities George Comiskey said young adults have even started using social media as a coping mechanism. 

"If technology becomes the coping mechanism, it them becomes part of the problem. It doesn't allow them to disconnect and reconnect with human beings in a healthy way," he said.

Casey added it's important to teach this generation positive mental health practices at an early age and recognize available resources. 

"Even in a town like Lubbock we do have a lot of resources available for young people, both mental health and substance abuse wise, and they're very, very under-used," he said.

There are resources available nationally, like the Suicide Prevention Hotline, and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

Local resources are also available through Contact Lubbock

Additionally, Texas Tech University offers a variety of programs for students in recovery or suffering from addiction.

 

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