Feeling lonely or disconnected is a natural reaction to the current coronavirus pandemic, and it’s important that you don’t blame yourself for feelings of loneliness, at this or any other time.

This page provides practical advice on how to help others or yourself if you are feeling lonely. If you feel unable to take these steps, you can also contact one of the helplines on our https://letstalkloneliness.co.uk/support/. You can read guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing during this time on gov.uk, along with the latest government advice on coronavirus.

 

Organisations that can help

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling

– For the Samaritans call 116 123 for free or email at jo@samaritans.org

– Silverline: for people aged 55 and over, call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free

– The Mix provides free, confidential help for under 25s online and via a helpline. Call 0808 808 4494, text THEMIX to 85258 or use their online chat service on the website.

– If you are lonely or finding it difficult to cope in these uncertain times, call the free and confidential British Red Cross coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651, open 10am to 6pm every day.

Online communities you could join

– For over 18s: www.sidebyside.mind.org.uk

– For parents: www.mumsnet.com

– For grandparents: www.gransnet.com

– For carers: www.carersuk.org/forum