Everyone feels lonely from time to time - loneliness can affect anyone and the recent pandemic has increased a lot of people's feelings of being alone.
Sometimes certain life events may mean that you can feel lonely or isolated, these may include:
Loneliness is a real issue
Feeling lonely or isolated can have a negative impact on your mental health - especially if these feelings go on for a long time. So it's really important that we all work together to help tackle it.
There are lots of groups and projects across Derbyshire that are helping to tackle loneliness and improve social connections. Why not find out more about what is happening in your local area by selecting from the following list.
North East Derbyshire
Mind's Enjoying Derbyshire Project is their community wellbeing programme that offers a varied menu of community based activities, groups, and courses in Derby and Derbyshire.
View the Rethink Mental Health Support map - Derbyshire.
The IsLAND project (Isolation and Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire) is a National Lottery funded project which helps people looking for befriending and social connectedness activities to find the right service for them. It also supports organisations which offer befriending and social activities. Anyone living in Derbyshire, or organisation working in Derbyshire, can access IsLAND support, email email@example.com or tel: 07305 049959.
Derventio's employability programmeswill open up opportunities for training, volunteering and employment to suit you.
Befriending services offer social interactions for people who find themselves isolated for any reason. Find out more about befriending services close to you
If you are struggling, then it's always good to talk. Whether that's with a friend, family member or counsellor. You can find out more about mental health services and therapies.
Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health website also has support and advice if you're finding it a bit tough right now.
The Samaritans are always on hand if you need to talk. Tel: 116 123.
Join a class
Why not look at consider joining a group or class or taking up a new hobby? There's a wide range of different options on offer and you're bound to find one that appeals to you. You might even think about taking up an adult education class.
Sometimes a change of scene might be what you need to meet new people. You could also consider visiting other places where you can just be around other people - for example, a park, the cinema or a café.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Why not give the five ways to wellbeing a go – these are simple, everyday lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope.
If you have time to spare and would like to help out in your local community then volunteering is a great way to meet other people. You can search for local groups who are looking for volunteers.
Get help to identify what your skills and interests are as a volunteer from a local volunteer centre.
You can also get support and help online from a wide variety of places. We've listed a few organisations to get you started.
Mind explains loneliness, including the causes of loneliness and how it relates to mental health problems. Gives practical tips to help manage feelings of loneliness, and other places you can go for support.
The NHS has a list of things you can try to help with loneliness, including a mood self assessment.
The Campaign to end Loneliness believe that people of all ages need connections that matter. They share research, evidence and knowledge with thousands of other organisations and the public to make a difference to people's lives.
Mental Health Foundation have tips and advice to help you cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Written with care, for you, by young people.
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can call them on tel: 0800 470 80 90.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire Befriending Service provides social support and companionship to people living in the community who are isolated, vulnerable or lonely.