Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental in protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
Loneliness is a normal part of life, with most of us feeling lonely at some point and have experienced how it can gnaw away at our sense of self-worth and belonging.
Loneliness is not about the number of friends we have, the time we spend on our own or something that happens when we reach a certain age.
Loneliness is the feeling we experience when there is a mismatch between the social connections we have and those that we need or want. That means it can be different for all of us.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to give loneliness the attention that it deserves, bringing it out from the shadows where it so often is hidden. Look out for our information during Mental Health Awareness Week.