In 2010, a survey by the Mental Health Foundation found loneliness to be a bigger problem among young people than even the elderly. It found 18-34 year olds are more likely to feel lonely, worry about feeling alone, and to suffer from depression due to loneliness, than over 55s. One factor found in loneliness among the young was heavy use of social media, particularly the tendency to present an idealised version of our lives online. As a result, we often compare our friends’ seemingly perfect lives with our own, leading us to withdraw socially.
However, there is help out there and following organisations offer a helpline service that can support you to take the first steps to dealing with loneliness.
- Samaritans: 116 123
- The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (confidential helpline, specifically for under 25 Years of age)
- Mind: 0300 123 3393
- Mental Health Foundation: 020 7803 1100
- Relate: 0300 100 1234