Feeling restless and anxious?
Zugunruhe is being used to describe the anxiety young adults feel when they are getting ready to fly off to their futures.
Our young adults departure is being delayed by Covid, by recession, by climate change.
Zugunruhe is building.
It originally described migratory birds that get more and more anxious as the time to move on gets stronger.
If you check Johann Hari’s seven non biological causes for depression. (Lost Connections – Uncovering the real cause of depression and the unexpected solutions) it is easy to see a connection between the first six and the disconnection experiences of our senior students:
- Disconnection from others
- Disconnection from meaningful work
- Disconnection from meaningful values
- Disconnection from status
- Disconnection from a hopeful future
- Disconnection from nature
- Disconnection from childhood trauma
There has never been a time when year 12s have been in the front line facing down all of these disconnections. No wonder Zugunruhe is the new normal.
Drowning NOT Waving Resources
If you are feeling a bit of Zugunruhe these resources may help to connect you with a meaningful future.
- The Turia Pitt book A Good Selfie is just inspirational. She is amazing.
- The Friends with Dignity scholarship for students under 18 who have experienced domestic violence.
- The Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships & mentorships to young LGBTIQ+ students to give them the chance to achieve their full potential, and Light The Spark within.
- Try Johann Hari’s book listen to him on Osher Gunsburg or watch him on TED
If you would like someone to talk to go to:
- ReachOut.com (youth mental health service) — online help
- headspace (ages 12-25) — call 1800 650 890
- Kids Helpline (ages 5-25) — call 1800 55 1800
- Lifeline — call 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service (all ages) — call 1300 659 467
There is a network of careers advisors and people who will support you to find a meaningful path forward. Email me to find a free service close to you.
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