Science Reporting

Millennials more at risk of suicide or overdose than previous generations

According to a report by the Stanford Centre on Poverty and Inequality, millennials are more at risk of dying from suicide or overdose than previous generations. The report, prepared by various US experts on poverty and social inequality, examined various factors including education, health, employment and income as well as race and gender.

According to David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Stanford Centre on Poverty and Inequality, “millennials are the first generation to fully experience the social and economic problems of our time.” This is because young people born in the 2000s are those who try to enter the labour market during or immediately after the Great Recession that began at the end of the 2000s

They are also those who have to face, compared to the children of previous generations, ten-year economic issues, first of all the decline of economic mobility, which only today are having their real effects. According to the researchers, this is a particularly difficult period for the younger generations compared with previous generations.

Furthermore, according to the report, mortality rates among young adults (25-34 years old) have increased significantly, by more than 20% according to data analyzed by researchers. Deaths are mainly due to an increase in suicides and drug overdoses.

The report also found that millennia have a wider range of social identities to refer to but this does not mean that they are more likely to accept people other than themselves than previous generations.

With regard to the issue of racism and social prejudice, in fact, the report shows that things have not changed so much since the 1950s or 1960s, at least as far as the United States is concerned.