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Helping with Loneliness

Let’s talk loneliness

Loneliness can affect anyone. Experiences of loneliness can vary, but its effects can be profound and wide-ranging. It is considered by many to be one of the largest public health challenges we face.
By building our understanding of loneliness, we can help ourselves and others to manage the feeling.
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Understanding Loneliness

The 6 things you should know

If you’re going to know a few key things about loneliness, know these! Our mini guide covers what loneliness is to who experiences it and the long-term effects.

Read the guide.

I feel lonely. What can I do?

We can all feel lonely, regardless of life experiences, age, or background. 

Everyone will have a different experience of loneliness and different reasons for why they are feeling this way. There is no one way to effectively deal with loneliness but lots of different things that can and do help.

Visit our helpful links page for more information on the support available in Staffordshire. Your are not alone.

Loneliness Advice and Help
Connect with others

Connect with others

Catch up with friends
Reach out to your friends by picking up the phone or sending them a message through social media. We can sometimes think our friends will be too busy too chat. But you might be surprised when you make the first step to connect. 

Invest time in new connections
Joining local groups based on your interests is one of the best ways of making new connections. Staffordshire Connects lists all of them in your community.  Volunteering is another excellent way to get involved in your local community.

Community Learning Classes
Not only is taking a free local class a great way to meet new people, but you can also develop new skills and interests.

Connect online

Technology is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, and make new friends. 

There are often free courses offered in Staffordshire libraries and an IT Buddies scheme to help improve your digital skills.

They also have a super Telephone Reading Friends service that offers a series of four chats, once a week, on the theme of books and reading and is very flexible to account for all tastes.

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Activities to help with loneliness

Consider support and services

Don’t keep it to yourself
Talking to someone about how you feel.  Talk to your GP about how to access talking therapy services in your local area.

Find out what support is available in your neighbourhood
Staffordshire Connects can lead you to a range of services, groups and activities to meet your needs and connect you with opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing more broadly.

Visit our helpful links page for more information on the support available nationally. 

Things you can do if you prefer to manage alone

Plan your week to do something you enjoy
Plan your week to include a hobby or activity that makes you feel good, such as doing something creative, reading, gardening, or listening to music. Or even learning something new.

Spend time outdoors
Going outside regularly, be it in your garden or a walk to the park, is a great mood booster.

Look after yourself
Prioritise looking after yourself. Make sure you are eating healthily, being as active as you can be, and sleeping well.

Coping with Loneliness alone

Here are some small actions you can do right now to help yourself or someone you know with loneliness.


Help and support is closer than you think