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Understanding loneliness

Learn about loneliness and how to feel more connected

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Our guide to loneliness

This popular guide covers everything from what loneliness is to who experiences it and the long-term effects of loneliness.

Learn about loneliness

Loneliness is a normal human emotion. By building our understanding, we can help ourselves and others manage the feeling.

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Your commonly asked questions

You are not alone - we all experience loneliness. Here are some FAQs all about loneliness to learn more about this misunderstood emotion.

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We can unintentionally stigmatise loneliness even further by the way we talk about it. So how can we change the language around loneliness?

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Loneliness in numbers

The latest statistics about loneliness help us to understand more about the risk factors and the impact it can have on different areas of our lives.

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The power of micro connections

Do you feel uplifted when you exchange a smile with a stranger in the street? ‘Weak ties’ can have a significant effect on our happiness and sense of belonging.

Loneliness in our lives

Loneliness affects us all at various times throughout our lives. We have developed guides to help you (and those you know and love) through education, work life, at home and in the community.

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Loneliness and technology

Technology is great in many ways for bringing us together and the Covid pandemic has proved that. But it can also alienate and drive us apart.

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Self employed loneliness

Loneliness might feel like part of the job description when you’re self-employed, but there are plenty of ways to build connections.

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The physical effects

It’s important to have as much understanding as possible about how loneliness can impact our health and what we can to do avoid that. 

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Loneliness in family life

We can all experience loneliness, even in a busy family environment. Learn more about loneliness and how to manage the feeling.

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Loneliness in the workplace

Increased use of technology and more agile working has given employees and organisations more flexibility – but often at the cost of culture and connection.

Making new connections

We are hard-wired as humans to need social connections. Here are a few simple ways to connect with yourself and others.

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Loneliness can often feel overwhelming and something out of our control, so it can be useful to have a starting point. Read our three-step approach. 

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Self care for loneliness

Self-care is a common phrase when it comes to our general well-being, but it can also apply to loneliness.

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Connection ideas  to try

Are you keen to develop new friendships by trying something new, but you're not sure what that something new might be? Here are a few ideas!

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How to be a good connector

Our founder talks about the power of being a ‘connector’ and how we can all play our part in creating a sense of belonging.

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What are you social needs?

Have you ever stopped to think about your social connections and needs? We're all different. Our founder, Amy Perrin, outlines what to consider. 

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How to talk to strangers

Forget what your mother told you. As an adult, it's good for us to talk to strangers. Dr Gillian Sandstrom takes us through the benefits. 

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