T. Stokes believes young people need our spiritual guidance more than ever.
The Children’s Society has completed a worldwide survey in senior schools and colleges, which revealed shockingly high levels of teenage depression, hopelessness and fear for the future.
Bullying, low self esteem and bad governmental management with no job opportunities are in part, behind the huge escalation in young suicides. Suicide figures for young men in Britain have gone through the roof in the last 10 years, particularly the age group 15 to 34 and the prison suicide figures are up by 40%
The current rise in interest in all things supernatural on youth television and cinema has recently developed into the urgent need for spiritual counsellors, and many forward thinking alternative clinics are providing access to someone skilled in the areas of bereavement counselling or general advice.
Stress among young men can result in escape into
- Drugs or alcohol
- Eating disorders, once almost unheard of in young men are becoming increasingly common.
- Many youngsters think a lot about death and dying, but when this takes over and becomes too frequent, it’s time to take action.
- Adolescents sleeping with the light on
- Showing uncharacteristic signs of OCD ( Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ) e g clothes freaks, football, computer gaming or intense food faddism.
- Self Harming, in all its guises [ends]
- Many young people ask online for help details as a first step, then make an appointment and chat with the Doctor.
- College counsellors are a lot better trained than in the past, Warwick University has identified English white boys as most disadvantaged, and 95 local authorities now use Psychometric tests to assess for self worth.
- The Andrea Adams trust deals with many school/college and workplace bullying issues, and the suicidal thoughts which occur during prison sentences.
- Papyrus deal with male depression and suicidal thoughts.
- Campaign against Living Miserably, specializes in young men’s problems
- The late Tim Fields’ “Bully-online” is an organisation that deals specifically with Workplace bullies
What You Can Do
- Be nosey, you may save a life
Watch for anyone who may be showing signs of emotional disorientation, or inner loneliness
- Many disenfranchised youngsters feel anger with what adults have done with the world they will inherit – look out for it
- I have for some years done the summer festivals and I am always besieged with youngsters who open up better to a stranger than anyone they may know. The young are hurting but very curious and if they need help, we must be there for them.