Loneliness

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.

The Question Of Maternal Loneliness. The Answer Is Connection

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Yet, many of us are left in the immediate care of a male partner who, quite frankly, will have not a clue about what we have been through. Neither of us may be familiar with the intimate and relentlessness of caring for a tiny babe. We may be struggling to breastfeed. We may well be carrying physical and/or emotional wounds from labour.

Surviving Christmas On Your Own

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Volunteer: Get in touch with a local charity and offer your services over Christmas. This is easier said than done (from personal experience) as you will have to pass a CRB check and this can take up to two weeks to process. But there's still time if you make contact asap.

Real-Life Footage Shows The 'Magic' That Can Happen When You Meet Your Neighbours

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Only half of us know the names of our neighbours, but a new campaign is aiming to change that by bringing community spirit back to Britain. The initi...

Research Is Critical To Addressing Rising Levels Of Self-Harm

Dr Dickon Bevington | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Dickon Bevington

More research must be carried out into why exactly we are seeing such a dramatic rise in self-harm amongst teenagers and young people, and the real rate of prevalence amongst young people.

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.

Loneliness Isn't Just A Feeling - It Could Be Built Into Your DNA

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Genetics are at least partly to blame for life-long loneliness, according to the largest ever study of the personality trait’s heritability. America...

If Governments Only Cared About Happiness, What Would They Spend On?

Izzy McRae | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Finally, as individuals, we can attempt to tackle the issues of adaption and comparison directly. We can try to avoid comparing ourselves to others, and try to adapt to negative things quickly while staying appreciative of positive things. But governments can't do this for us. Or can they? Possibly through education, but I think I'll tackle that another time.

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 Role of Science Fiction In the Future Of Our Health

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Every year, sci-fi blockbusters offer various perspectives of the future of the human race. As familiar yellow lettering soars across star-filled skies once again, more than just the force should be awakening. Science fiction works such as The Illustrated Man and WALL-E have provided stark projections of the future, and we may be carelessly heading straight for them.

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?

Initiatives to Tackle Loneliness

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Loneliness has a severe impact on an older person's quality of life and leads to illnesses such as depression and a deterioration of cognitive ability. It is said that loneliness and isolation have a greater effect on mortality than other risk factors such as obesity, and are just as bad for your health as smoking.

Half A Million Older Men Suffer From Loneliness, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost a third of older men who have long-term health problems are lonely, according to a new report from Age UK. Over the next 14 years, the charity ...