One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, the campaign is set to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Dealing with loneliness can be difficult. But there are things we can all do to cope with loneliness and prevent some of the negative feelings and mental health problems that can come with it.
Here are some ideas that you might find useful for yourself or to support other people who are feeling lonely.
1. Do some enjoyable things that will keep you busy
2. Do things that stimulate your mind
3. Do some physical activity
4. Try to engage with the people you meet in your daily life.
5. Find people that ‘get you’
6. Spend time with pets
7. Try to use social media in a positive way
8. Talking therapies can help