Loneliness and Change
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. – Orson Welles
Every person will experience loneliness in their lives, most usually during a period of transition. For adolescents, not only are the teenage years a period of forming self-identity, it is also a time of continuous upheaval; moving from middle school to high school, and then high school to university can be a daunting experience. Now that social media is a ubiquitous factor in the human experience, seeing what everyone else is doing might fuel this loneliness through comparison and unhealthy rumination. What parents, teachers and older peers can do to help is to create a safe support system that is easily accessible for their teen on and offline. Read on for more tips to help alleviate loneliness.