Young people cannot cope with life

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Not my words, but words of a study undertaken by the Prince’s Trust. Here’s what an article on christiantoday.co.uk said:

One in 10 young people feel unable to cope with day-to-day life, The Prince’s Trust has warned.

Its fifth annual youth index finds that NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training) are more likely to feel unable to cope.

The report is based on interviews with more than 2,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

More than one in five young people (22%) feel they do not have someone to talk about their problems with.

NEETs are less likely to have had someone to share their problems with.

The youth index gauges young people’s wellbeing across a range of areas, like family life and physical health.

While 27% of young people in work feel down or depressed “always” or “often”, this figure increases to almost half of NEETs (48%).

“A frightening number of unemployed young people feel unable to cope ā€“ and it is particularly tough for those who donā€™t have a support network in place,” said Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Princeā€™s Trust.

“We know at The Princeā€™s Trust that it is often those from the most vulnerable backgrounds who end up furthest from the job market.

“Life can become a demoralising downward spiral – from a challenging childhood into life as a jobless adult. But, with the right support, we can help get these lives on track.”

 

Yeah, I know that facts and stats are relative,Ā manipulativeĀ and all the rest. But I don’t think it’s just young people who can’t cope with life, whether employed or not. A lot of people generally cannot cope with life. The thinking of today stresses individualism, materialism and secularism so much that anything that has a sniff of community, working together, religion, faith or sacrifice about it is labelled as ‘not in with the times’, ‘old fashioned’ or simply worthless.

Now more than ever before, people are feeling isolated, yet we are the only generation in history who have had so many ways of communicating with each other. The nail is hit on the head in the article – peopleĀ do not have a support network.

There has been an overworked emphasis on being independent – and I don’t think that extremist “rights” movements, whether they be male, female, gay, straight, Christian or anything else have helped to combat the situation. Sure, rights groups are a bunch of people uniting over an issue, but that’s all it is… an issue. My question today is, “Where is genuine community?”

You can have as many followers on Twitter, as many friends on Facebook, belong to as many social clubs, institutions, societies, associations as you like, but if there is no support network, if there is no community, you simply end up feeling lonely and lost in the crowd.

Many people attributeĀ lonelinessĀ as being caused by technology. Whilst I don’t disagree, I certainly believe that there’s more to the story than that. Some people don’t know how to communicate any more, often because they were never communicated to.

Bringing my Christian belief into this, I believe we were created for relationships and community. That is the essence of man’s walk with God – a growing, maturing, loving relationship; a party of community. Of course, the Christian thought is that this translates and reflects into human society as well.

Could there be a slight chance of a link between man’s forgetfulness of God and his forgetfulness of community in the world?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and HĆ¢f. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about