Key themes of discussion
The physical and emotional transition between childhood and adulthood is a challenging one for most young people, as they seek to forge their own identities in a rapidly changing world, whilst facing difficult decisions regarding their education, careers and relationships.
For young adults today, the pandemic presents significant threats, which add more pressures into the mix, about their individual futures, as well as the future of their communities and the planet.
Evidence suggests young people could be worst hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. Latest official figures show that currently about 408,000 people aged 18-24 are currently unemployed in the UK. Many students are also facing the disappointing and daunting challenge of studying and attending university ‘virtually’, with social-distancing measures in place. These developments are likely to have a detrimental impact on their social lives and wellbeing.
In the midst of these challenges, it is likely that many young adults are experiencing a heightened sense of uncertainty and isolation. Recent research from the University of Exeter has revealed that teenagers and young adults are just as likely as older people to experience serious levels of loneliness, yet this is not widely understood or talked about. Most discussions about loneliness focus on older age-groups.
In this webinar, we explore how culture and personality can affect who is most at risk, and we discuss practical advice for equipping young people with the tools to combat solitude and adjust to new ways of learning and working virtually. We also question what more could be done to accelerate progress towards a future in which young people feel a shared sense of solidarity and value.
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