“More and more young people between 12 and 25 years of lonely at Christmas’

“More and more young people between 12 and 25 years of lonely at Christmas’

Last year, assisted the association Humanitas 1.031 lonely young people. This year, they arrive on is expected to 1.240 participating young people, an increase of 20 percent.

The majority of lonely young people is notified by their school, once a teacher, for example, saw that a learner is becoming more and more receded.

Vereniging Humanitas, the rural area of 22,000 volunteers, put in for young people between 12 and 25 years who feel alone and need support, a few years ago, the jongerenmaatjes project. The volunteers support the young people together, things to do and so step for step with their social network to increase.

Coordinator volunteer Gerard Benedict of Humanitas in Twente: “We have identified a trend. Loneliness is a growing problem among young people. In solitude, we think of the elderly with Christmas just sitting at home. But you can also be lonely and your parents around you.”


“A teenager is reflected to peers, not to his parents. If there is no meaningful contact with peers, it can make you feel lonely,” says Benedict.

A cause is, according to him, the use of social media. “You can see that there are young people that no longer know how to contact if there is no internet connection in between. Via the digital highway work fine, in any other way difficult.”

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