I Dread Going Out. Am I Normal?

Daniel Lewis | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Lewis

If human beings really are social animals, then we should all naturally favour social activities. Yet have you ever watched the muddy hordes of Glastonbury, fought your way through a crowded pavement of after-work drinkers, or opened an invitation to a friend's wedding in Majorca with distaste rather than envy or anticipation?

One In Four Avoid Conversations With Disabled People, Resulting In 'Epidemic' Of Loneliness

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

One in four Brits have admitted to avoiding conversations with disabled people, research has revealed. MPs and disability charity Sense said damaging ...

As A Disabled Person I Experience Loneliness Every Day

Ian Treherne | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Treherne

everybody banner I've lost friends because of my disability. As the effects of my condition became more obvious, it was clear that my friends weren't comfortable with it. Rather than discuss it, I'd just stop hearing from them. It was as if my condition was contagious.

Isolation In The Era Of Social Media

Brittany Dawson | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Brittany Dawson

In short, to show off. To gratify some deep-rooted need to prove that our lives are meaningful, that the events we attend are worthy - to demonstrate to the world that we exist, that we existed, that we once inhabited a small corner of the earth and that our memory can't be erased with the stopping of our hearts.

Three Tricks Social Media Plays On Mental Well-Being

Sam Owen | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Owen

In that same way, there are three major benefits that you can try to seek from social media and you really have to think about whether you actually are getting those benefits or just think you're getting them. In this short video I talk about three ways in which social media can trick your mental health and well-being and what you should do about them. The three areas are:

Expat Life: Sunshine And Sadness

Emily Abbey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Abbey

Abandoning ship and running home is rarely an option, so you're left to stick out this expat existence wondering if you've made a terrible mistake.

Loneliness Is A 'Silent Epidemic' Among Men, With Those Aged 35 Suffering Most

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness is something we usually associate with older generations, but new research suggests millions of men across the UK are hiding feelings of is...

90-Year-Old Widower Melts Hearts After He Breaks Down About Late Wife On 'First Dates'

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Raymon, a 90-year-old widower, broke hearts on Tuesday night after becoming the oldest person to have ever appeared on Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’...

Is Social Media Socially Isolating?

Sophie Andrews | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sophie Andrews

Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr and even old-school Facebook have become the social life-blood of the so-called 'digitally native' generation - with new channels constantly springing up. For millions, communication by social media puts them instantly in touch with a network of people they call friends online.

Social Media May Be Making You Feel More Lonely

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Social media sites designed to help people connect are actually causing them to feel more alone, say psychologists. The more time young adults spend o...

One In Five Of Us Are Lonely, And One In Eight Have No Close Friends

Anna Darnell Bradley | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Anna Darnell Bradley

Yes, we're all individuals, but we can't escape the inextricable truth that we're social beings too. The relationships and connections we create and maintain with those around us are intimately bound to who we are, who we become and, importantly, how we see ourselves.

10 Dos And Don'ts For Helping Someone Experiencing Grief

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Feelings of loneliness are worse in older women than men following the death of a loved one, a new survey has found. Charity Independent Age said tha...

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

The Unexpected Loneliness Of The Business Owner

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

No water cooler banter for you, business owner, just the hard graft and isolation of being the sole person in the business responsible for everything....

Widower Inundated With Offers Of Friendship After Posting Ad Looking For Fishing Buddy

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 75-year-old grandfather has received endless requests after he posted an advert online looking for a fishing buddy. Ray Johnstone was left feeling e...

Army Life: The Other Side Of The Story

Rhianna Louise | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rhianna Louise

Fewer than half of soldiers say they'd recommend Army life to a friend. While the Army says it offers a bond that 'lasts a lifetime', many veterans struggle to rebuild the social support networks they need, which leaves them more vulnerable to delayed-onset mental health problems.

Understanding Why New Motherhood Can Be So Lonely

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I can now treasure these simple moments of just baby, moonshine and me, but those first months of motherhood were tinged with loneliness: a surprising predicament that I hadn't prepared myself for

The Witchiness Of Aloneness

Roberta Verdant | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I spent my childhood and teens feeling mostly un-met on a soul level. That's not to say my family didn't love me, and that I didn't (some of the time) have friends. It is to say there was an awful lot wrong under the surface in my life.

I Turned To Mind At Christmas. Feeling Lost And At Breaking Point

Caitlin Maggs | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Maggs

The media create this perfect vision of a family Christmas - and it's an ideal that has hung over me and made me very miserable in response. My depression and anxiety always get worse in December.

Millennials Twice As Likely As Over 65s To Be Spending Christmas Alone And It's Impacting Their Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Millennials are twice as likely as people aged 65 and over to have no one to spend Christmas with, the UK’s leading mental health charity has warned...

Tackling The Prevalent Loneliness In London's Care Homes And Mental Health Wards

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

For people with mental health conditions in inpatient wards, loneliness is compounded by stigma and shame. While everyone else on the outside world is carrying on with their lives, they feel shunned and forgotten about.

Christmas Tales From The Front Line

Laura Marshall | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Marshall

giving back.jpg Christmas is the season of giving, but what if we were to shift the focus from giving presents to giving time, support or even just a listening ear? What may seem like a small gesture to you could mean the world to somebody that's struggling, and surely that's what Christmas is actually all about.

It's Time To Act And Support People Of All Ages Suffering From Social Isolation

Mike Adamson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Earlier this year the British Red Cross supported Barbara in Paignton, Devon. She has mobility limitations that meant she could no longer leave the house. She had to give up work, her routine, and seeing friends and family. She completely lost her independence. This is why tackling loneliness and social isolation through our partnership with the Co-op is so important. Because people like Barbara are not alone.

This Ingenious Interactive Map Means No One Has To Spend Christmas By Themselves

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK

While many of us look forward to spending time with our loved ones over the festive period, for some the festive season can actually be a particularly...

No One Should Face Christmas Alone: Why We Parents Need To Show Elderly People We Care

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

giving back.jpg As parents, we owe it to our children to show elderly people that we care. One day, we too will be old and who knows if we will be lucky enough to still have family and friends around us? We will be extremely lucky if we do.