Sunday, 25 January 2015

Are We Alone Together?


Last week I began to think about how many of us young people suffer from anxiety, I myself being one of those suffers (see my GAD post here). With the report from the Princes Trust 'Youth Index' coming out last week showing that a staggering amount of young people are suffering from isolation anxiety and depression, it made me question what are we going to do about it and when?

 Two weeks ago I was called for an interview as a Princes Trust Ambassador to be involved in the Youth Index statistics, I have a full understanding of how anxiety can cause isolation and therefore starts to affect daily routine, and it feels as though your life is spinning out of control. For four years of my dark depression this was happening everyday, I was unemployed and wondering what am I doing or where am I going with my life, so to receive the call to be part of the Youth Index was an important role for me to play as it enabled everyday sufferers to explain how we feel and get that noticed by a wider community.  

Following on from that I was invited to be part of BBC Radio 1 conversation on the Youth Index and give my say on the matter last week, representing all the young people who has ever felt alone because of feeling isolated or ashamed because you don't have a job, uncomfortable and scared because you don't know how to control your anxiety or when it may flair up again, And all the young people who are suffering from forms of mental health. I wanted to make it clear that not all young people who are unemployed are lazy and that pushing people into work or onto a work programme will not help people with their mental health. These subjects are sensitive issues and take time. 

I started to wonder how can we as a technological generation influence togetherness, the blogging community has such a strong bond and I love it but how can we be heard in order to change the way things are running, in order to get us no longer isolated.

 This also got me thinking that maybe in some instances we like being alone, we have grown up in a generation that is very isolated and most conversation is done over twitter, facebook, social media sites, email and texting. How many of us have become too anxious to make a call? This is no longer related to the fact of unemployment but the realisation that we all are comfortable to be together with everyone, socialising behind screens. It has become in our nature to wake up and pick up our phones because of habit, to check whats new on instagram and what this person is eating...? An in and out burger with the filter ''Valencia'', 

We need to go back to basics and leave technology alone for a few hours a day. Going out for a meal shouldn't consist of waiting until you get the perfect picture and editing it before you can actually enjoy your meal by this time may not be as hot as it once was. We need to make time for the present experience the outdoors, laugh in the rain, walk on the beach, read in the park. If we spend all our time trying to snap and capture the moment, the moment will pass us by.  

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4 comments

  1. Great post! Sounds like you're doing some great work with The Princes Trust :) I definitly aggree with everything you said in the last paragraph! It's so important to just be in the moment and enjoy it while it lasts :)
    Saadiya x

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  2. this is such a lovely post! i hope you really help some people with your work with the princes trust

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