Loneliness can happen to anyone at any age, and many of us feel lonely from time to time
Studies show that loneliness can have the physical impact of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, leading to higher risk of such illnesses as heart diseases and dementia, as well as not being able to perform everyday tasks such as driving, paying bills and household tasks.
Take action for others
Loneliness in your community
Sometimes it can be hard for people to recognise they are feeling lonely, so keep an eye out if someone you know has changed their routines, are avoiding social situations or are getting stuck on the negatives.
Some small steps you can help them with:
- Just say hello – it could change their day
- Help them to connect to others, through community groups or through befriending groups on the Staffordshire Connects website for individuals or the Family Hub groups on Facebook or Community Hubs