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Feeling Restless and Anxious? You might have a bad case of “Zugunruhe”

Feeling restless and anxious?anxiety

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:

  1. Disconnection from others
  2. Disconnection from meaningful work
  3. Disconnection from meaningful values
  4. Disconnection from status
  5. Disconnection from a hopeful future
  6. Disconnection from nature
  7. 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.

If you would like someone to talk to go to:

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Making the Change

downloadThinking of changing schools? Thinking of changing your hair colour?

If you think you are having a hard time changing, try being transgender!

Barriers to being transgender are changing but it is still a very difficult path to go down.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer and would like to talk to someone the Freedom Centre in Northbridge would be a good place to start. Many people have already been through the transition from a straight life and have brought together the lessons they have learned so that others don’t have to do it alone.

Schools can join the Safe Schools program which has a truck load of resources and advice to get them onto the right track.

Want to know how to run an inclusive school ball? Check the advice on the Safe Schools site.

Want to know more? The Aids Council runs Safe Schools Workshops in the city and in regions.

And if you are struggling to succeed with your study or career try the Pinnacle Foundation scholarships.

The Pinnacle Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer students who are marginalised or disadvantaged. We exist to give young LGBTIQ students the chance to achieve their full potential, to light the spark within them. For those who want to complete high school, or are ready to start TAFE or university we can help.

Making the change is difficult. Connecting with these organisations can make the journey less onerous.