The “Sad Generation”

Why are we so sad ???

It is estimated that 322 Million people equivalent to 4.4% of the  global population is living with depression according to WHO report. The report also includes data on anxiety disorders, which affects more than 260 million people3.6% of the global population. The prevalence of these common mental disorders is increasing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, with many people experiencing both depression and anxiety disorders simultaneously.

Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and Ischaemic heart disease.

      It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem

How did we get here ?

A bit of history, it all seems to start from the work place. The last 3 decades have seen the work place change significantly with epidemics of work related illnesses especially ‘Stress’ (Bickford 2005).

The ‘80s’were known for their enterprise culture saw the workplace transformed by globalization, privatization, merges and acquisition (Wainwright and Calnan 2002). Although this encouraged competition, it was not sustainable and soon strains began to show leading to the concept of burnout within organizations (Hutman et al 2005).

The ‘90s’saw major restructuring through downsizing, delayering, and re-sizing (Hoel et al 2002). Consequently, redundancies, contract and outsourced staff, unsocial hours and diversity in cultures emerged (Hoel et al 2002). Although these changes were necessary in adapting to the changing business environments, it was not without negative impact.

Finally, the Millennium came and brought in new technology which has added to information overload and accelerated work pace (Bickford 2005) leading to a work intensification culture (Burchell 2002 pp.6176). This modern work place has on one side brought in opportunity to develop and actualize personal targets while making the workplace smaller with fewer people doing more. On the other, it has created stressful work environments whose negative effects adversely impact not only the mental health of workers but their morale, staff turnover, productivity and costs (Limm 2005, Johns 2010).

And now that we are here…..struggling and fighting with the effects of stress and other mental health illnesses and the associated costs…now what ?? Is there another way or are we just going to try the old ways and hope for the best ??

Jesus when he was leaving his friends/disciples gave them something special…”His peace”. Peace is the opposite of stress and it brings with it Joy and relaxation.

…….my peace I give to you” he said…not as the world gives but my peace….its a different kind of peace. why not try this kind because you have tried the world peace and so far….Not Good, has not worked….I tried his peace and it has worked. Not kidding!!

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