My ignorance protected me for many years. Living my middle class lifestyle kept me safe from the reality of the world around me.
Being a professional Christian for over a decade blinded me to the real plight of those around me, my neighbours and even the people I attempted to work with.
Then I changed jobs.
I now find myself smack bang in the middle of a string of enormous problems that I never knew existed.
15 and 16 year old kids wrestling with issues that I didn’t think imaginable until I was confronted head on with the stories from the kids themselves.
Depression, anxiety, estranged parents, frustration with step dads and mums, anger issues, alcoholism, drugs, relationship breakdowns, career confusion, school work overload, loneliness, ADHD, learning difficulties and the list goes on.
Week in and week out these issues are becoming more and more prevalent.
The situation for the majority of the young people I work with is dire.
My greatest concern? The futures for these kids and the support the many agencies provide is inadequate. It’s not enough.
Not only that, the problems are so multi layered it cannot be addressed simply by fixing one. Once you’ve plugged one hole, another one appears.
It breaks my heart and I often wonder what the hell is the point?