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Message to Sweet Pea: youth loneliness

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Exposure’s ‘Message to Sweet Pea’ is a message to everyone about the plight of many isolated young Londoners

“You’d be forgiven for thinking that the elderly are the only group severely afflicted by loneliness.” says Exposure journalist, Arjan Arenas, 17. But sadly, it’s the young who feel it most.

According to a recent research nearly half of young people in the UK often feel lonely, compared to only a quarter of over 65s. Young Londoners are twice as likely to feel lonely as their peers in other parts of the UK.

With funding from John Lyon’s Charity, Exposure worked with students from Barnet & Southgate College, The Compton School and Woodhouse College, over a three-month period, to develop concepts, characters and scenarios and workshop a script to get their message across.

The young volunteers then worked behind the camera and in front of it to produce a powerful, five-minute short highlighting the effects of social isolation on young Londoners.

In particular, the film explores the pivotal role social media plays, with virtual connection replacing real life human interaction, as well as the increasing pressures young people are under, trying to meet what many feel are society’s impossible demands.

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