This week is Loneliness Awareness Week (14-18 June), when people and organisations join together to raise awareness of loneliness.
Loneliness is something that can affect any one of us at any point in our lives, and this issue has become something even more of us have had to deal with over the last year. With social distancing restrictions steadily lifting, Loneliness Awareness Week continues to be as important as ever. Not just as a reminder that many people will continue to struggle with loneliness and isolation after lockdown, but also to reinforce the importance of social connections.
This year the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign has joined together with some incredible organisations on some innovative ways to help those dealing with loneliness, as well as tips on how you can help create connections this Loneliness Awareness Week and beyond.
Join the conversation on social media by using #LetsTalkLoneliness in your posts
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved this week:
Let’s Talk Loneliness with TikTok
TikTok are supporting our work by launching a hashtag challenge that encourages creators to get people talking about their experiences of loneliness or their favourite ways to help others feel less alone. You can get involved, just post a video on the platform and use the hashtag #LetsTalkLoneliness. TikTok will pin the best examples at the top of the challenge page.
Make someone’s day with a letter or card
The Royal Mail are once again asking people to reach out and connect by sending letters and cards to friends, family, neighbours and anyone else who may be isolating, or just uncomfortable leaving their homes right now. Look out for the special Loneliness Awareness Week postmark on all mail delivered between 14-18 June.
We Get Lonely
This Loneliness Awareness Week, The Marmalade Trust are asking everyone to make this the year loneliness is finally accepted as a natural part of being a human being, by supporting the ‘We Get Lonely’ campaign.
You can get involved in 3 ways:
- Post about loneliness on your social media. We all have different experiences, and to better understand loneliness, we need to be open and talk about it. Use the hashtags #LetsTalkLoneliness and #LonelinessAwarenessWeek.
- Share digital assets on your social channels. These can be found in the Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Toolkit
- Read and share their guides, and download their lesson plans, to help you and people around you improve your understanding of loneliness