Lonely? Reach Out And Connect

Many reports speak to an increase in the levels of loneliness experienced by people since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeling lonely can impact your mental health negatively, especially if this sense of loneliness lasts for a long time.

If you are living with a sense of loneliness, it is important to make an effort to reach out and connect socially with other people, even if this means connecting in a safe way virtually. Remember to focus on creating meaningful opportunities for connection, rather than just posting a message on social media and checking who responds to it. This can involve:

Making time to really connect with friends and family, even if this happens telephonically or via a video call.

If you find yourself struggling with your emotional wellbeing, share this struggle with a trusted person and let them know what they can do to be of support to you.

Making time to really connect with friends and family, even if this happens telephonically or via a video call.

Try joining a virtual class or group to connect with people who share hobbies, interests or experiences that are similar to yours.

Let others who you care about know that you are available to support them if they are feeling down.

In this time of social distancing, you can achieve some of these things by, for example, setting up a virtual coffee date as an alternative to seeing someone face-to-face. Remember that your Psychosocial Counselling Benefit is also available 24/7/365 to provide you with emotional counselling support.  

To access this counselling support:

Call toll-free on 0800 390 003 / Send a ‘Please call me’ to *134*952#