Finding our connections to ourselves, others, and the world around us, is fundamental to protecting our mental health and reducing feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness is when we feel we do not have the meaningful relationships we want around us. It’s something we can all experience from time to time, throughout our lives, and will be different for everyone.
A recent YouGov poll of 13-19 year-olds found 69% said they felt alone “often” or “sometimes” in the last fortnight and 59% feel like they “often” or “sometimes” have no-one to talk to.
It’s important to support young people in recognising when they are feeling lonely, understanding their thoughts and feelings, and identifying the supportive connections they have.
A guide to help Parents and Carers support young people who are experiencing loneliness can be found on this link: