We can all feel lonely sometimes for many different reasons, including at times of difficult change in our lives, such as moving to a new city, because of relationships or friendships ending, or because of a bereavement. Sometimes, we can feel lonely even if we are around lots of people or have lots of friends.
It can be hard to find friends who get us or can relate to our experiences. Social media can make us feel extremely isolated, especially if we are being bullied or feel disconnected from the ‘perfect lives’ we see. Even if we have loads of followers, it can sometimes feel like everyone else is surrounded by friends and loved ones and having a good time when we’re not.
Loneliness isn’t just something that older people living alone feel. Young people experience loneliness too. One UK study carried out in 2018 found that young people aged 16-24 were more likely than any other age group to feel lonely.
Loneliness is especially common among people who look after someone at home. A research study by Carers UK and the Jo Cox Foundation found that 8 out of 10 adult carers have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role. However, this same study found that young carers are even more likely that adult carers to feel lonely – with almost 9 out of 10 carers under 24 saying that they felt lonely as a result of their caring role.
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Everyone gets lonely sometimes. If you’re feeling lonely, there are lots of things you can do to feel better. Not everything will work for everyone though, so find something that works for you.
If you feel you have no one to talk to, try a free helpline: