With funding from John Lyon’s Charity, Exposure worked with young people from North London over three months to develop skills and creative responses to youth loneliness. Four short videos were produced. This is the whole collection.
Being connected to others is a fundamental human need, crucial to our survival and well-being. A study shows that social isolation can cause ‘a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day.’
National Statistics show that almost 10% of young people aged 16 to 24 were always or often lonely – the highest proportion of any age group in the country.
Many young people are lonely due to the intense pressures of modern life, including dealing with major transitions and losing a sense of community.
In this film, we explore what causes young people to feel isolated and the severe impacts of loneliness, ranging from low self-esteem to suicide.
Our aim is to raise awareness and get more people thinking about how we tackle youth loneliness and to signpost help and support to those who are in need.
It’s up to us all to help one another and a simple, small gesture can make a positive difference to someone’s day.
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