Finding Meaning and Worthiness

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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In a recent survey of 30,000 Canadian post-secondary students, the vast majority of participants say they feel overwhelmed by all they have to do, more than half report feeling lonely or hopeless, and one in ten seriously considers suicide as a solution.

CBC, Student Mental Health Crisis, Nov. 1, 2013

Most university students feel a great deal of stress and pressure to succeed, perform, and produce.  There is always a scarcity of time, and many feel they are never achieving enough no matter how much they study.  It can feel like they are not enough; that their value as a person is in doubt.

Our experience mirrors what you may also be hearing in the news recently - that a growing number of students face significant mental health challenges.  At the same time, students are trying to sort out life's big questions: Who am I? What is important to me? What is my vocation or career? How can I make a positive difference with my life? What about relationships? and so on.  No wonder they are often so overwhelmed!

We hope that the stories in this newsletter give you insight into how Student Open Circles is helping these young adults to cope with the pressures, to reflect and find meaning in their life, and to live out of a deeper sense of worthiness and authenticity. Thank you for your interest, encouragement, and for supporting us to journey with students during a critical time in their lives.

— Jeff and Marybeth