The Red Cross Norway’s project “Including me?” (“Inkludert meg?” – in Norwegian) is a set of learning materials where the goal is to prevent loneliness and to make it a less taboo subject among the youth in Norway.
Loneliness has for a long time been tied to shame and is a taboo subject for many to talk about. Especially among youth who have a sense of expectation that adolescence is the years when you are supposed to thrive in social settings, have a hectic social life, and gain å big friend group.
For many, this is not what happens. In a survey held by Red Cross Norway in 2021 (“Psykt ensom”), 3 in 4 Norwegian teens had at some point in life felt lonely, and a survey from 2022 (“Hver dag og hver natt virker som en evighet”) showed that 1 in 4 Norwegian teens are more lonely after the pandemic than before.
- Red Cross
- Teaching aid about loneliness