National Loneliness Week 2019 from 17 – 21 June.
The week is dedicated to raising and acknowledging awareness of loneliness and isolation helping to reduce the stigma in our local communities.
Marmalade Trust started the Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) campaign three years ago. Their vision is to create a society where loneliness is recognised openly as something likely to affect us all at some point in our lives.
There are two types of loneliness; emotional and social.
Emotional loneliness – when we miss the company of one particular person, such as a partner, sibling or best friend.
Social loneliness – lacking a wider social network (a group of friends, colleagues).
Loneliness can affect anyone at any time and can be damaging for our mental health this includes young people and students. Sadly it’s often the young experiencing loneliness who suffer in silence partly because many people wrongly assume only the elderly suffer from loneliness.
“In the UK, more than half of all people aged 75 and over live alone. And more than half a million older people will spend a week or more without seeing another person.”
“More than 900,000 people aged 65 and over in the UK report feeling lonely all, or most of the time.”
Young people are actually the loneliest age group in England. According to the latest report from the Office of National Statistics, younger adults aged 16 to 24 years reported often/always feeling lonely that is one fifth of the poulation.
We encourage you to reach out and speak to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while, check they are ok.
Talking therapy can help, whether you are trying to overcome rifts and help you to re-connect with family or friends or help to give you confidence to join groups.
If you’re feeling lonely, speaking to a counsellor can help you feel connected and supported. Please get in touch to see how counselling can help.
Contact us: 01727 868585