We all feel lonely from time to time. Feelings of loneliness are personal, so everyone’s experience of loneliness will be different.

One common description of loneliness is the feeling we get when our need for rewarding social contact and relationships is not met. But loneliness is not always the same as being alone.

You may choose to be alone and live happily without much contact with other people, while others may find this a lonely experience.

Or you may have lots of social contact, or be in a relationship or part of a family, and still feel lonely – especially if you don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around you (see our information on the causes of loneliness).

Here are some Tools to help with Loneliness, isolation and Connection:

Fear of Leaving the House

Fear of Leaving the House Also known as Agoraphobia – is a type of anxiety disorder. A person with agoraphobia is afraid to leave environments they know or consider to be safe. What are the signs of Agoraphobia? Fast, pounding heart Sweating, trembling, shaking Breathing problems Feeling hot or cold Nausea or diarrhoea Chest pain Problems swallowing Dizziness or… Continue reading Fear of Leaving the House

Anger Management

Anger Management “We all feel angry sometimes, often when there’s a good reason. Uncontrolled anger can be harmful, but you can learn to manage it.” Know the Warning Signs Managing your anger effectively means recognizing the warning signs. If you’re able to identify when you’re starting to get angry, you’ll be better prepared to stop… Continue reading Anger Management

Bullying in the Family

Bullying in the Family A family member who is bullying you may: Have unrealistic expectations or make unreasonable demands Blame you when things go wrong Invalidate your thoughts and feelings by undermining, minimising, or dismissing you or your thoughts Create chaos in your life by starting arguments, nitpicking, or making contradictory statements Use emotional blackmail… Continue reading Bullying in the Family

Friendship Break up

Friendship Break up “Having close friendships is linked to better health, yet one in eight adults have no close friends at all” The loss of a friendship can be just as hard as a relationship break up. Whether it’s the slow drifting apart from a childhood friend, the sudden, sharp distance created by a disagreement,… Continue reading Friendship Break up

How to Make Friends

How to Make Friends If you are looking to make new friends, you have to get clear on what kind of friends you want to make. Generally speaking, there are 3 types of friends: “Hi-Bye” friends (or acquaintances). These are the ones you see at school/work because the context calls for it. You say hi when you see each… Continue reading How to Make Friends

Bullying Myself

Bullying Myself Have you ever caught yourself thinking things like this? I’m no good, and I never will be I should be a better spouse/parent/friend I just can’t handle things I’m stupid, worthless, never good enough I should have more energy I shouldn’t be so exhausted all of the time Other people can manage their… Continue reading Bullying Myself

How to use Social Media with Anxiety

How to use Social Media with Anxiety ‘why am I so scared to post on social media?’ Some aspects of communication are distinctive online, and this might increase social anxiety. One such aspect is the culture of shares and ‘Likes‘. When you post something and wait to see how many hearts or thumbs-up it receives, it… Continue reading How to use Social Media with Anxiety

Am I Gay? (LGBTQ+)

Am I Gay? (LGBT+) Questioning your sexuality? You are not alone… Although there is no pressure to have a label for your sexuality, it can sometimes be a comfort to be sure of what your prefer when you are feeling confused, unsure or ashamed of your feelings… sexuality is something personal but also is celebrated… Continue reading Am I Gay? (LGBTQ+)

Loneliness during Pregnancy

Loneliness during Pregnancy If you have experienced loneliness during pregnancy, you are not the only one. The social isolation and feeling loneliness is very common within pregnancy, however there are many ways to help! Top tips to help loneliness during pregnancy 1. It may be obvious but establishing a daily routine can give you more purpose and… Continue reading Loneliness during Pregnancy

Things I do to feel better

Things I do to feel better (depression) “The most important thing is to focus on all the things I can do and not on the things I have trouble doing.” Read through Alice’s story below: “I am a 22 year old female and I have been dealing with anxiety and related depression for over 10… Continue reading Things I do to feel better

How to Combat Loneliness

How to Combat Loneliness Loneliness can be difficult to cope with and can start to affect our mental health, making us feel sad, depressed, or giving us feelings of low self-esteem. Sometimes, if we are already struggling with our mental health, it can feel difficult for us to interact with our loved ones in the… Continue reading How to Combat Loneliness

How COVID has affected my Mental Health

How COVID has affected my Mental Health How was mental health affected by the pandemic? Choose which of the following applies to you… Mental health support at university 392 young people answered questions about mental health support at their university: 34% felt confident that they can get mental health support at university if they need… Continue reading How COVID has affected my Mental Health

Loneliness at University

Loneliness at University Loneliness in university or college is completely normal. There are many people who feel the same way as you. If you find that your loneliness persists and makes you depressed, try talking to a close friend or family member. You can also visit the campus support center at any time. What can… Continue reading Loneliness at University

Female body image: standing out at school

Female body image: standing out at school by Anon Body image has always been and probably always will be a subject which causes the majority of us to feel insecure. This is because, historically, our worth has been based on the way we look. The ever-changing standards of ‘beauty’ that are set out by society… Continue reading Female body image: standing out at school


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