Let’s talk about loneliness

It’s ok to feel lonely, particularly at a time like this. Don’t suffer in silence, we can all help each other stay connected. As coronavirus restrictions ease, many people will still feel lonely and isolated. So it will be more important than ever to take action if you or someone you know is feeling lonely.

Tips to help tackle loneliness

Keep in touch with those around you

Some people will be keen to get together in person, but others might be more cautious. If you can’t reach out to friends or family, or you want to talk to someone in a similar situation, the organisations on our AskHUE Health and Wellbeing support page can help you.

Join a group

Being part of a shared interest group is a great way to make connections. Think about the activities you do that are part of who you are and look for groups centred on these activities. This could be gaming, singing, cooking, sport – anything you enjoy doing and talking about with other people.

Help out through volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and connect. There are many ways you can safely volunteer. NHS Volunteer Responders is a good place to start! If you’re feeling anxious about leaving your home, remember that in many cases you will still be able to volunteer over the phone or online.

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