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Youth and Teenagers

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The global pandemic has quickly heightened how we connect, and youth (including young children and teenagers) are experiencing these changes more than ever. Unable to see friends in ‘traditional’ ways – in person school, after school activities and in large groups – youth have been experiencing higher rates of social isolation and loneliness. 

Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection experienced by youth. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at

Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in youth

  • Why COVID-19 loneliness can be especially hard on teens (Geoff McMaster – Folio) (link)
  • All the lonely people (Karen Dolva – Tedx) (link)
  • Loneliness in youth could impact mental health over the long term (link)
  • The prevalence of loneliness often peaks in teens and young adults (link)

Helpful suggestions

  • Curbing the impact of social isolation on youth (link)
  • “Practice” social interaction with family (link)
  • The importance of getting teens talking (link)