Isolation

I'm Terrified Of Passing Toxic Masculinity Onto My Sons

Chris Napier | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

bmm banner.jpg I don't want my sons to share the programming which has crippled me. I don't want them to grow up in a world which victimizes boys for showing weakness and which treats mental health issues without compassion.

Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best Shared

Tayana Simons | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

We All Get Lonely Sometimes - Why Does It Feel So Shameful?

Chris King | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris King

In a society where image often matters more than substance, people must make more of an effort to understand loneliness. Nobody chooses to be lonely. Human beings cannot help being introverted, shy or quiet. To finally combat the so-called last taboo, we could all do with remembering this.

The Questions Depression and Anxiety Sufferers Think About

Bradley Cates | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

I never encountered any abuse towards me, but I have read some distasteful comments about depression and anxiety in general. The important thing is by talking about your struggles, you are ready to deal with it and you are gradually conquering it, and it will make you a lot better.

The Struggles of a Depression and Anxiety Sufferer

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

What I am saying is try your best to talk to someone, but also don't not talk to anyone. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling worse. I want to say that I wish I had talked about my personal problems earlier in order to get rid of this burden before it got worse - but how can I regret something that is immensely difficult to do?

Where the Hell Are My Friends?

Paul Klein | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Klein

Hi, my name is Paul Klein; and I'm in a band, that you've probably never heard of, called LANY. Recently, we wrote a song titled "where the hell are my friends." I knew that loneliness was a very #relatable sentiment, but it wasn't until we released the song that I understood its actual scope. Loneliness is an epidemic of the internet generation. It's sad, it's interesting, and it's very real.

Feeling Disconnected? Time to Get Talking

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

The bloke sat opposite me looked pretty no nonsense from the minute I sat down. But Pig, with expert nose and a taste for said man's sausage roll (not a euphemism - he'd actually been to Greggs), chose him as subject of upmost affection.

What It Feels Like to Have a Breakdown

Alice Speirs | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Speirs

I don't use the term breakdown lightly. In fact there is still some doubt in my mind as to what I actually went through, (breakdown was used by my counsellor), but I know that it was big. I suppose I use a variety of terms to do with my mental health rather interchangeably; emotional instability, unhappiness, depression; for me they are all aspects of the same thing.

11 Realities of Single Motherhood

Ella Davis | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

My son's giggles are the best sound ever - fact. We often have a boogie. Or tickles before bed. If I had a partner I'd have less time for this. What's more, because of all the things we are missing out on I make extra effort to fill the house with laughter.

Your Need for Privacy Could Be Hurting You

Liberty Forrest | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Most of the time, when people say this to me, I'm surprised. Not that they've said it (and it's lovely that they do), but that it's their perception that I've done something unusual, or at least, something unusual enough that it warrants commenting on it.

In Defence of Social Media

Eleanor Moss | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Tech
Eleanor Moss

It's argued we're becoming less sociable, more depressed, and that social media is corroding traditionally formed relationships, resulting in a rise in mental health issues, especially in young people.

Reducing Isolation Amongst Older People This Festive Season

Beth Britton | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

For many older people, Christmas can be the most isolating time of the year. The whirlwind of the festive season can easily go on around, rather than involve, many older people particularly if they don't have a family they see regularly or groups within their local community who provide support.

Can Technology End Loneliness? Helping Older People Get Connected

Steve Allen | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Steve Allen

Loneliness is having a devastating impact on our older population. Every day, we hear stories of older people who feel marginalised and useless, believe they are a burden on society, and who have no one to turn to for the simple companionship so many of us take for granted.

Why I Needed Mum Friends

Aimee Foster | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Clearly mums weren't going to turn up at my doorstep. I would have to go out and find them. This was a bit of an alien concept for me as most of my existing friendships had come about from school and work. I had never actively looked for friends before.

Depression Sufferers Open Up About The Social Networking Site Made Specifically For Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When depression takes hold, those caught in its grips can feel increasingly isolated. The mental health condition is not uncommon - in fact, rough...

Should Mother's Day Be About Reconciliation?

Becca Bland | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

However dysfunctional these relationships are, from either angle, sometimes we all do need and yearn for that special mother-to-child bond. It's uniqueness is undeniable. So why don't we all reconcile this Sunday? It would be the super-perfect Hollywood ending to an estrangement.

Trusting Other People Is the Key to Overcoming Family Estrangement and Isolation

Becca Bland | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

Living with the feeling that your life and existence mean very little to anyone at all can create a dangerous state of mind, only worsened by the idea that the reason for your loneliness is shameful. Those who are estranged are too often reminded of the isolating family myth - that everyone else in society is enjoying a functional and close family experience.

There's No Room at the Inn!

Elaine Benton | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As adults we often view loneliness as a sign of failure, and a successful person is surrounded by a multitude of friends. In reality, this is not the case, for generally one has only a small handful of what can be considered loyal good friends, the others are merely acquaintances.

Keep in Touch

Beth Britton | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

We all write it, a simple phrase that echoes a desire to remain connected to people who are personally or professionally important to us. Throughout most of our lives it may not mean much, but as people get older and potentially their number of contacts diminishes, keeping in touch takes on a whole new meaning.

The Art of Conversation: Why We Need It

Kirsten Brown | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsten Brown

So next time your mind wanders to how that friend of yours is, rather than push that thought to the back of your mind, call them. Next time an elderly person starts talking to you, take the time to listen and talk back.

Make a Friend...Any Friend...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I've been thinking about friendship a lot recently. Because friendship is a weird thing in recovery. Any recovery. From anything. Recovery teaches you that you can never assume how a friend will act.

The Hardest Job in the World

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

With those I know well, its: 'How are things with you?', 'Oh, you know. Nothing yet.' Sometimes, in my head (and once out loud) I shout 'You can't out-complain me! Your baby is alive and mine is dead!'

A Grim Reminder as the Levels of Loneliness in Older People Reach Breaking Point

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

The story of Bournemouth resident, Anne Leitrim, has really struck a chord with me this past week. The discovery comes merely one day after Contact the Elderly declared a state of emergency in response to the numbers of lonely older people in the UK...

Are You a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Too?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

For decades I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. As far back as I can remember, it was difficult to "fit in". My mother was always saying "Why can't you be more like this person or that person?" I wondered that, too. I tried as hard as I could but somehow, it just didn't quite work. I didn't think like other people. And I was often misunderstood.