Most of us will have experienced times when we feel a little isolated or disconnected from the world around us.
Everyone feels lonely from time to time – loneliness can affect anyone and the recent pandemic has increased a lot of people’s feelings of being alone.
But feeling lonely or isolated can have a negative impact on your mental health – especially if these feelings go on for a long time.
Research suggests that loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.
So it’s really important that we all work together to help tackle it, see our advice and tips for combating loneliness.