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Surge in loneliness during the crisis

Surge in loneliness during the crisis

Almost a quarter of adults in the UK have felt lonely during the coronavirus crisis. A survey by the Mental Health Foundation shows that feelings of loneliness have more than doubled over the lockdown.

The mental health charity Mind says that feeling lonely isn't itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health, especially if these feelings have lasted for a long time. Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of depressionanxietylow self-esteemsleep problems and increased stress.

The Government has launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the crisis. The Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign offers practical advice on how to keep in contact during the lockdown to benefit your wellbeing.

Keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours 

Phone family members and friends or use online video programmes so you can see their faces. Sometimes a friendly chat is all you need to feel better.

Look for clubs and groups online

Many clubs and groups, from choirs to writing groups to exercise classes, have been offering great activities and events online. You could search for the organisations and share links with friends and family who might be interested too.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a really valuable way to meet people and connect and there are currently lots of ways to offer support to others who may be in a similar position to you, or who’s circumstances have become a lot harder. 

Finding a support group that suits you

If you don’t have friends or family you can talk to, or you need to talk to someone impartial about your feelings, there are organisations that you could contact.

More support is available here.

 

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