We all get lonely
Lets Talk Loneliness
In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness in England. The following October, the Government launched the world’s first Loneliness Strategy, which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections.
A Brief Guide to Loneliness
There are different types of loneliness
Emotional Loneliness when someone you are close with is no longer there or when we feel misunderstood or disconnected from our friends, family, co-workers
- Social Loneliness when we don't see or speak to people or you feel you are lacking a wider social network of friends, neighbours or colleagues
- Situational Loneliness after a life event ie moving schools or starting a new job or just at certain times ie Sundays, on bank holidays or Christmas
- Transient Loneliness a feeling that comes and go
- Chronic loneliness when we feel a long term sense of internal loneliness, no matter what our circumstances. This may be worth exploring further with a counsellor or therapist
Things you can do
Are You Feeling Lonely?
Don't be embarassed to tell someone. It is okay to feel this way. Can you talk to a friend? family or a work colleague? If you have felt lonely for a long time and you feel that it is having an effect on your mental health make an appointment to see your GP
Go at your own pace. Think about small steps you can take daily to build connections back into your life. Identify your own needs.
Take Action. Even the smallest things like seeing the same faces on a regular basis, or saying hello to your neighbours will help you feel more anchored to a community. Joining a group around a shared hobby or interest is a great way to make new connections. If you’re already in a group, think about how you can make it easier for others to join
Sharing can help
Tell Your Story
Combating loneliness one ukulele at a time
Uke vs Loneliness
An extract from UKE Magazine, written by Heidi Swedberg
Andy Nazer, England’s campaign manager at The Campaign To End Loneliness, says, “The issue of loneliness is now recognised as a determinant for poor health, effecting people throughout the whole of their life course. It does not discriminate. It has never been more important to develop new ways to reignite – or in many cases introduce – a sense of passion, purpose and connection into people’s lives. Research has shown that new relationships develop faster and are stronger if they are founded on a shared experience. What better way to bring people together than through an accessible, inclusive initiative like this excellent one from The Ukulele Project.”
“There are numerous positive outcomes to be derived from the work of the UP” says Mr. Nazer, “expanding the mind through learning a new instrument, sharing, making music together are a couple of obvious outcomes but by far the most significant is that it is fun! And if something is fun – people will come, experience, enjoy, open their minds, lower some of the barriers that society has put in place that prevent us from making new connections and start to lay the foundations towards building new relationships. And it is the combination of these vital elements that will help build bridges between people, support them to reconnect with those around them and ultimately play a part in tackling the loneliness that is increasingly prevalent in our society today.”