Over 3.5 million people faced loneliness together during our recent Great Winter Get Together. The overwhelming majority were concerned that the ongoing pandemic would continue to cause suffering in their communities. 97% of survey participants thought loneliness would be a continued or growing problem in the months ahead.
Loneliness is a normal and common human emotion, not just a pandemic issue. Now more than ever, it's crucial that we open the floor to relatable, honest conversations about our personal experiences.
With support from the DCMS and its Let's Talk Loneliness campaign, we are carrying on this conversation to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around loneliness.
Here's what #LonelinessLooksLike to you:
"Hearing my neighbours talking and having a seemingly normal day or evening helped me to feel less alone in my space. I'm quite introverted so it was nice to have my space and not have to engage, while also having the option to be part of their world in a small way. It also helped massively to have my cat, who will never understand her enormous role in my life and mental wellbeing. Her existence, affection and warmth got me through a lot of dark times, even before the pandemic hit."
"It’s really only looking back that I can see there were moments of deep loneliness in that first year. If it were more normal to talk about loneliness, I’m sure I would’ve recognised it sooner and done things a little differently."
"It’s really important to acknowledge that being at college or university can give rise to feelings of loneliness and isolation for many people and we shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it."
"Evenings are long and weekends longer when both the good times and the bad times remind you that your person isn't there to share them with. Being a solo parent is really tough, there is no one else who shares the responsibility for your most precious things with you and every parenting decision is yours, and yours alone. Support groups like Widowed And Young, where you can find people who share the struggles, make a real difference - you still feel lonely in your grief but you know you're not alone."
To submit your own story, click here.
For further support and resources around loneliness, click here.