Here are the states where millennial school employees suffer the most mental distress

"They [millennials] have experienced slower economic growth than their preceding and subsequent generations due to the multiple recessions that hit them at the highest points of their lifetimes," according to a recent report.

It’s no surprise that the pandemic exacerbated the already lingering disparities in America’s education system. Teachers were already underpaid. Schools ran into issues with student behavior. Yet, one critical issue continues to worsen: mental health.

Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are becoming the largest contributors to the workforce, such as education, and they need all the support they can get.

A 2021 report from the CDC Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and other organizations, found that 53% of teachers considered leaving the profession. Additionally, 37% reported symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety and 27% reported symptoms that aligned with clinical depression.

“Mental health resources and services are critically important for teachers and the entire school community to address mental health challenges created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the report reads.

Unfortunately, this decline in mental health is also true for America’s millennials.

According to a recent report from Scholaroo, an organization that aids students in seeking scholarships, this mental distress among this generation has skyrocketed since the pandemic, and it varies in each state. For example, Arkansas has the highest rate of mental distress among this group at 23.60%.

“They [millennials] have experienced slower economic growth than their preceding and subsequent generations due to the multiple recessions that hit them at the highest points of their lifetimes,” the report reads. “With the rising cost of living and inflation, as well as the impact of a global pandemic, there are a number of challenges to US millennials that will influence where they live, work and dream.”

According to the data, Alaska has the lowest rate of mental distress among this group. See the complete rankings list below:

Best and worst states for millennials

  1. Alaska
  2. Illinois
  3. Hawaii
  4. South Dakota
  5. Florida
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. New Mexico
  9. New Jersey
  10. Delaware
  11. New York
  12. North Carolina
  13. Nebraska
  14. Maryland
  15. Texas
  16. Idaho
  17. Colorado
  18. Wyoming
  19. Virginia
  20. Arizona
  21. Rhode Island
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Minnesota
  24. Maine
  25. Massachusetts
  26. Iowa
  27. Connecticut
  28. Oregon
  29. Washington
  30. Mississippi
  31. Georgia
  32. Montana
  33. Kansas
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Pennsylvania
  36. South Carolina
  37. Utah
  38. New Hampshire
  39. Missouri
  40. Indiana
  41. Kentucky
  42. Alabama
  43. Ohio
  44. Vermont
  45. Michigan
  46. Tennessee
  47. Nevada
  48. West Virginia
  49. Louisiana
  50. Arkansas
Micah Ward
Micah Wardhttp://districtadministration.com
Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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