A campaign to target loneliness has been launched, specifically aimed at 16-24 year olds.

There can be many reasons for our loneliness – sometimes there is no obvious cause and it’s just how we feel.

However, things that happen to us in life, like losing a loved one, perhaps through a bereavement or break-up that can make us feel lonely.

Other life changes, especially those that take us away from home or may cause us to be more socially isolated, can also make us lonely, including:

  • leaving to go to university
  • starting a new job
  • staying at home to look after a newborn baby
  • a long-term health condition that results in either long stays in hospital or being unable to leave home
  • becoming a full-time carer for someone we live with

Did you know that more than 80% of young people worry about being embarrassed if they said they were lonely.

Loneliness. It’s a part of life. Let’s talk about it.

The Loneliness campaign, part of Better Health: Every Mind Matters aims to reduce loneliness stigma, which so often prevents young people from reaching out and accessing support.

Targeted at 16 – 24 year olds, one of the most at risk audience groups, the campaign aims to reduce the stigma of loneliness, increase knowledge of where to find support and encourage taking action.

Moving home

Feeling lonely since leaving home? This feeling is normal, life changes like moving home can affect our ability to connect with others, but there are things you can do to help.

New job

It’s normal to feel lonely, like when starting something new, like a job. If you relate to this video, visit Better Health’s website.

Feel more connected

There are a range of ways to feel more connected. Being part of a group or club is a great way to connect with and meet people.

Look for groups to join in person or online that focus on things you like or activities you would like to try.

If you’re in a group, remember to always welcome others and involve them, as it can really help anyone who might be shy or lack confidence when meeting new people.