Loneliness and isolation
Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but long periods of loneliness or social isolation can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress because of a mismatch between the amount of social connection a person wants and the amount they have. It is also possible to feel lonely even when surrounded by people. One can experience loneliness at work, with friends or in a relationship. Feelings of loneliness can also come as a result of experiencing mental ill health.
Isolation is the physical separation from other people. Sometimes this occurs through decisions we make ourselves, or because of life circumstance and events e.g. loss of a loved one, doing a job that requires travel or relocation, retirement or cultural and language barriers.
There are some common signs which indicate that loneliness and isolation are affecting us in a negative way:
Help is available. Below are some places to go for information and support. If life is in danger, please call 000.