Loneliness Awareness Week
This week Loneliness Awareness Week
We all feel lonely at times, it is a normal human emotion. We’re biologically wired for social contact and loneliness is our signal that we need more.
During lockdown we have all had moments when we have felt lonely at times and some of us might need a little extra support.
There are different types of loneliness:
- Emotional Loneliness – When someone you were very close with is no longer there such as a partner or close friend
- Social Loneliness – When you feel you are lacking a wider social network of friends, neighbours or colleagues
- Transient Loneliness – A feeling that comes and goes
- Situational Loneliness – Loneliness which you only feel at certain times like, Sundays, bank holidays, Christmas or other celebrations
- Chronic Loneliness – When you feel lonely all or most of the time
You don’t have to be on your own to feel lonely. You might feel lonely in a relationship or while spending time with family and friends. You can feel lonely if you don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around you.
What can you do if you are feeling lonely?
For some people feeling lonely will not be a problem, some people actually prefer to be a lone. But for others it can have impacts on how we look after ourselves and our mental health. If you would like help to reduce your loneliness you can reach out to friends, family or a loved one.
If you require additional support you can contact the following:
Wolverhampton Social Prescribing
This service aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Wolverhampton by linking them to activities and support in their local communities. This can include social activities or groups, leaning new skills or finding a new hobby, exploring volunteering, or linking you to support services such as befriending. To access the service, you will need a referral from a GP or other professional who knows you.
You can find more information here
Compton care offer a telephone based befriending service to help combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. They offer 30 minute phone call conversations on a regular basis. Please note this is not a counselling service.
For more information visit their website here
Tel: 01902 774570