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All of us can experience loneliness at some point in our lives. It’s time we started talking about it.

Advice

COVID-19

COVID-19: Read the latest advice on social distancing and how to help safely during the coronavirus pandemic if you’re supporting people that are experiencing loneliness. Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

Coronavirus is affecting all our lives and making it more difficult for us to spend time with people in the ways we usually would. Loneliness is a natural reaction to this, and it’s important that you don’t blame yourself for feelings of loneliness, at this or any other time.

However, keeping connected is incredibly important as part of looking after your own wellbeing and that of others. Full guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak can be found on gov.uk

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.

      • If you’re worried about what to talk about, consider mutual interest and arrange to both read the same book or watch the same TV show, so you can discuss it. 
      • Suggest making the call a regular part of your week and plan the next one
      • Alternatively, an email or a text can start a conversation, particularly if there is someone you have lost contact with as this might be the time to get back in touch.

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
      • Being part of a group who already have a shared interest with you is a great way to make connections even if you’re not in the same room. 

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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 some organisations listed below that you could contact 
      • There is also very helpful advice on managing feelings of loneliness on the Campaign to End Loneliness website. 

Useful contacts

Every Mind Matters 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Mind

0300 123 3393

info@mind.org.uk

https://www.mind.org.uk

https://www.mind.org.uk/coronavirus-we-are-here-for-you/ 

Mind’s helplines provide information and support by phone and email.

Elefriends

https://www.elefriends.org.uk/

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself.

Age UK

0800 169 65 65

Ageuk.org.uk

Advice and information for older people.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777

Carersuk.org

Independent information and support for carers.

Relate

0300 100 1234

relate.org.uk

Counselling for adults with relationship difficulties.

Samaritans

 samaritans.org

24-hour support for anyone in distress or despair.

The Silver Line

Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90 (freephone)

thesilverline.org.uk

Provides support, information, advice and friendship to older people (over the age of 55) who may feel lonely or isolated. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mumsnet

mumsnet.com

Online community for parents

Gransnet

gransnet.com

Online community for grandparents

Independent Age

independentage.org

Telephone friendship service for elderly and socially isolated