Social isolation affecting young people

When we think of Social Isolation we tend to assume that this relates mainly to the elderly. We also tend to relate social isolation to being lonely, but not everyone who is socially isolated is lonely - some people prefer their own company and like to live a hermetic existence. Like wise, some people who are surrounded by lots of other people can experience feelings of loneliness.

An analysis of the characteristics and circumstances associated with loneliness carried out by the Office of National Statics (ONS) found that Younger adults aged 16 to 24 years reported feeling lonely more often than those in older age groups.

The report suggests that "it’s possible that people become more resilient to loneliness as they get older, possibly through the experience of significant life events and life transitions." The full report can be read by clicking here.

Mind tells us that loneliness can have a negative impact on the person's mental health and provides the following strategies to cope with loneliness: 

Think about what is making you lonely

Make new connections

Open up

Take it slow

Be careful when comparing yourself to others

Check how you are feeling

Get some help

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Inspire helps our clients make new connections and supports all ages above 18 years. We work with those who have lost their confidence, live with a social phobia, learning difficulties, communication problems, trust issues and hidden disabilities.  Support can include accompanying to groups, training and social outings. Clients can request a choice of a male or female support worker.

Contact or 01302 770662 for more information.

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