Support with loneliness

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Rose Community – support with loneliness

Many of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how many friends or relationships we have, it’s whether we feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around us.

We often don’t discuss loneliness but it is very common and we shouldn’t pretend it isn’t there, there are lots of things we can do to address it.

While we’re talking about loneliness, try reaching out to others who may be lonely.. a simple smile, a chat and asking how someone is can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

#AnotherWorldIsPossible

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How we can help

Members of the Rose Community Group are always happy to reach out and talk with people online.

Follow us on Twitter, contact us via our ‘Contact us’ form or chat to likeminded people in our forum to get involved in our projects and planning . We are all over the country – one of us may turn out to be in your town!

You don’t need to mention that you are lonely if you’d prefer not to.

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Mind

Mind, the mental health charity, agrees that loneliness is linked to poor mental health.  The charity advises taking it slowly and reaching out to peers or people in your life, if you are able to.

People can become lonely due to many life situations or can become lonely at particular times: the date of a bereavement; birthday of a loved one who has passed on; family holidays.

Mind are always happy for people to contact them and they have lots of useful information around loneliness on their website here.

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NHS

The NHS offers advice on how to deal with loneliness.

Don’t invalidate your own feelings; don’t compare yourself to others or focus on things you can’t change; don’t use alcohol, drugs or gambling to cope with your loneliness.

They have some positive advice, too: do consider going to places like cafes, parks or the cinema where you can be around other people; do join a class about something you are interested in; do talk about how you feel – to a friend, counsellor or family member.

Have a look at their tips and hints for dealing with loneliness on their website here.

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If you want to help people who are lonely

If you want to help people dealing with loneliness you can contact the Campaign To End Loneliness or Age UK and offer your time and friendship.

We’d love to be part of the movement to eradicate loneliness in our communities; and we’d love you to be part of that, too!

Follow us on Twitter, contact us via our ‘Contact us’ form or chat to likeminded people on our forum to get involved in our projects and planning .

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