We All Need Friends

Richard Kramer | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Richard Kramer

Our friendships are among the most valuable relationships we have. This is the same for people young and old. We are all social beings and require one another. However, many people with disabilities are facing major challenges in making and sustaining friendships.

Our First And Last Love...

Amy Anka | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Like Jean-Paul Sartre, the French Philosopher once said "If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company". I truly believe that until you are content within your own company, you are always going to be attracting someone into your life that is lacking something in some way.

Reflections on a Year Past

Anne Look | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Look

There is a kind of loneliness here. Australia forces a sensory of self that holds no prisoners. It's a strange juxtaposition, resting somewhere between a launching pad for the fearless and a refuge for the fearful. You're exposed in your remoteness, yet somehow comforted by the thought of it.

Why the World Needs to Learn to Dine Alone

Marina Van Goor | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Van Goor

I wanted to challenge the status quo through design. Nowadays, it's expected that you're happy, batting away friends and have loads to share. Albeit virtual, social media has become the dominant public space and it relies on the expression of such things.

Britain's Most Popular Drug

Tom Beetham | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Beetham

As I languish in a town where I could count acquaintances of a similar age on one hand, working a zero-hour contract which my degree and successful school did little to prepare me for, the real world has somewhat lost its rosiness.

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

Becca Bland | Posted 12.02.2015 | 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.

Here's Why You Should Always Reach Out To Someone With Cancer

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Much is said about the health side effects of having cancer, but not enough about the emotional mountain that faces someone undergoing treatment. ...

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.

How It Really Feels Like to Be in Between Being Lonely and Wanting to Be Alone

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Daphne Ashley Sze

We're young and free, and victors of our own lives - let's not allow negative emotions to consume us. We have friends and family - people who matter to us, they will make us feel both safe and important.

Men Get Lonely - So What? Tell Someone Who Cares

Xavier Toby | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

"Hey you. If you've got a problem, do something about it. Don't talk about it. Nobody cares." As a man, I've heard this before. All the time actually, and in several different ways. After a girlfriend cheated on me, when I was shattered and expressed a need to discuss it, a friend told me: "You need to stop talking and thinking about it right now. Nobody cares."

How Your Genes Could Make You Single Plus Other Weird Health Studies Of 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing like a bizarre health study to mole over on your lunch break. Credit where credit's due, most of the health studies we come across ...

Jack Sommers

Loneliness, Self-Harm And Internet Dating: The Darker Side Of Christmas

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

When 85-year-old Barbara Flynn was at her lowest ebb, she carried a portable phone and would check her voicemail just to hear the "human voice" told h...

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.

Wishing You a Holiday Season Aflame With Gratitude!

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Picture this. You gather family and friends of all ages in a large room and ask each person to hold a single, unlit candle. Then you turn out t...

Spending Christmas Alone? You're Not Alone

Suzi Dixon | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

There will be a least one or two dark winter days, and nights, when I will be on my own. And I'm sure I will be lonely. I work from home, so if I'm having a detox (which I am currently) I can go days without human contact. So I can imagine what it's like for housebound pensioners.

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.

Students More Likely Than Pensioners To Admit They're Lonely 'Most Of The Time'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students are more likely to admit they are lonely "most of the time" than pensioners are, according to a new study. Almost one in four 18 to 24 yea...

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

Woman Sets Up Cuddle Shop, Gets 10,000 Emails A Week

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us would barf or run away at the thought of cuddling a stranger, and that's before we even consider the hygiene implications or wandering hand...

Poorna Bell

Loneliness Is Becoming An Epidemic Among Younger Men, But Here's What We Can Do

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It is breathtaking how quickly and insidiously loneliness can set in and clamp itself to a person's life. In Britain, we have something of a loneli...

What Happens When the Young Men Prone to Suicide Become the Elderly Men Living a Lonely Life on Their Own?

Clare Finney | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

Lonely. The word hit me like a dull blow down the phone line. For a man of his years to admit to loneliness to someone he had not met and hardly spoken to before seemed beyond belief. I know elderly men: my grandfathers and their peers don't 'do' emotion, and would balk at sharing them - even with their nearest and dearest, let alone a stranger.

Is 'One' the Loneliest Number?

Amy Anka | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I had a conversation the other night with a gentleman in his 50's, who also admitted something similar. That he suffers from "loneliness". I was so sad upon hearing this. Vulnerability always does that to me. Moves me in inexplicable ways. A lot of us get lonely at times, yet we are often too afraid, or too embarrassed to admit it.

93-Year-Old Man's Poem For His Late Wife Moves Us To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When we heard Bob Lowe's beautiful poem for his late wife Kath, we knew it was something we needed to share. The 93-year-old widower, from Hampshir...

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I received an email last week from a parent who was concerned about her daughter: "...she's lonely and I don't know what to do. I heard her whisper to herself I wish I was someone else. I am distraught. How can I help her?"