26 Memes That Are Too Relatable If You're a Millennial With Mental Illness

Contrary to popular belief, being a millennial isn’t all ridiculously-priced avocado toast and expecting a participation trophy for accomplishing simple tasks. Though people tend to think millennials are living the “best years of their lives,” sometimes they just aren’t — especially if mental illness is part of the mix.

This is something Mighty contributor Paige Haeffele wrote about in her piece, “What It’s Like to Be a 20-Something Living With Depression and Anxiety.”

As a 20-something young girl, I should be ”living my best life,” as they say. From the outside looking in, I am. I hang out with my friends, do yoga, go to therapy, work hard on my Bachelor’s degree and maintain a steady job. Though this is leaps and bounds from where I was even just last year (extremely suicidal, self-injuring on the daily, medically withdrawing from school, struggling to get to work and even struggling to get to therapy), I’m far from full recovery.

If you can relate, we want you to know you aren’t alone and there is no shame in struggling with mental illness. And while there’s nothing funny about being a millennial struggling with your mental health, sometimes a little self-aware humor can go a long way in making you feel less alone. It’s true memes can’t “cure” mental illness, but sometimes they can bring a smile to your face when you’re struggling.

If you are a millennial struggling with mental illness, this one’s for you:


via @mybestiesays


I make my mom sad with my life choices meme
via @emotionalclub Instagram


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when mental illness has taken full control but you still live for the aesthetic
via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


via @mybestiesays Instagram


via @betches Instagram


via @mybitchface Instagram


via @emotionalclub Instagram


via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page



wishing people would invite me out more meme
via @mytherapistsays Instagram


when ur sad always remember that u don't look like u did in 6th grade
via @mybitchface Instagram


via @mytherapistsays Instagram


via @mybestiesays Instagram


via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


underneath this cool exterior there is a sad human being
via @emotionalclub Instagram


Mood: hey quick question. what the fuck is going on
via @mybestiesays Instagram


pretty much me 24/7 at this point (tired Lisa Simpson picture)
via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


yeah sex is cool but have you ever had stable mental health for more than 48 hours
via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


wear heelies to escape your feelies
via @emotionalclub Instagram


I've got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I'm stressing about for absolutely no reason
via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


via @mytherapistsays Instagram


walk up to the office like "What up I got a big mid-life crisis and this place is slowly killing me on the inside" meme
via @mybestiesays Instagram


meme of car license plate: v sad
via @emotionalclub Instagram


via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page


via @emotionalclub Instagram


when you see your bed after a long day meme
via @mybitchface Instagram

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