Follow four twenty somethings on their search for connection. It might not surprise you to hear that people in Australia have never been more lonely. Half of us...
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Episode 6 - The Grand Final
We’ve had a chance to get to know our participants pretty well by now, but they still haven’t met each other. So we do the thing that is most practical when it comes to loneliness - bringing people together. Charity, Tim, Aleks and Holly all head to Melbourne to meet and share their experiences with each other. Host: Jemma Sbeg Participants: Charity, Aleks, Tim and Holly Mentors: Dr Deidre Anderson, Barry Conrad, Sean Szeps and Tessa Blencowe Experts: Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Lisa Mundy
Episode 5 - Social Media & Technology
It’s pretty common to blame our blooming loneliness on technology. In this episode we tease out that theory and look at the ways technology is both helping and hindering our connection with other people. Tim also meets with a psychologist who is part of a gaming research program to talk through the impacts gaming has on our brains and how to control our relationship with technology. Host: Jemma Sbeg Participants: Tim, Holly, Aleks and Charity Mentors: Dr Deidre Anderson, Barry Conrad, Sean Szeps and Tessa Blencowe Experts: Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Lisa Mundy Guest - Shane Southwood
Episode 4 - Finding Your Passions
Reaching into where you feel joy, where you feel accepted and happy is a powerful way to build connection. Holly does something she would never have faced just months ago and heads to a yoga retreat alone. Tim reignites his passion for drag and Charity steps into the world of study. Sometimes connection doesn’t have to be with people just like us, it can be with people who like the same things as us. Host: Jemma Sbeg Participants: Charity, Tim and Holly Mentors: Dr Deidre Anderson, Barry Conrad, Sean Szeps and Tessa Blencowe Experts: Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Lisa Mundy
Episode 3 - Stepping Out
How does our relationship with the world and the people around us make us lonely? And how do we fix it? Aleks, Charity, Holly and Tim are getting ready to step into the world, and find their people. During our 20’s our relationships are changing a fair bit. Only a few years ago we were at school, we each had our school identity - sporty, academic, musical, popular. Then we left school and the world felt a bit bigger and the options for how we presented to the world expanded. Naturally, alongside those changes, a lot of our friendships might be adapting as well. There can be a lot of rethinking of who we want to be with and what we want from our relationships. We cover a heap in this episode, from the impacts of racism to communication skills and how to have the courage to step out. Host: Jemma Sbeg Participants: Aleks, Charity, Tim and Holly Mentors: Dr Deidre Anderson, Barry Conrad, Sean Szeps and Tessa Blencowe Experts: Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Lisa Mundy Guest - Aunty Bea Ballangarry
Episode 2 - Looking Inward
What does your relationship with yourself have to do with being lonely? When you think about loneliness it’s easy to focus on how many friends you have, how connected you are with the outside world. But loneliness isn’t that simple - you can feel lonely in the company of others and you can feel content alone. In this episode our participants and their mentors take a moment to look inwards and work out who they are, and who they want to be. This question of self discovery, of understanding our place in the world, is part of why we can feel particularly disconnected in our twenties. We’re trying to find the answers to those questions - Who am I? Where do I fit? Where do I want to be? Who are my people? And at the same time we’re sorting out the practicalities of living in the world outside of our family. It can be exhausting, and it can be isolating. Host: Jemma Sbeg Participants: Charity, Holly, Aleks and Tim Mentors: Dr Deidre Anderson, Barry Conrad, Sean Szeps and Tessa Blencowe Experts: Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Lisa Mundy
Follow four twenty somethings on their search for connection. It might not surprise you to hear that people in Australia have never been more lonely. Half of us will feel lonely this week. The UK has a Minister for Loneliness and the US Surgeon General has declared loneliness a health epidemic, but it might surprise you that young adults are lonelier than the average person in Australia. If we learn to manage and minimise loneliness, it’s no more than a healthy human emotion. If it becomes chronic, it can have the same impact on us as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Over this six-part reality documentary podcast series, four young people meet with mentors and experts who will help them build strategies to reconnect. Through their stories, we understand the reality of loneliness in Australia experienced by a generation that theoretically has never been more connected. Each of us will connect with different parts of their stories and resonate with different strategies and advice from our mentors and experts.
We are lonely, so let’s reconnect.