Thoughts from a FriendLine volunteer
When I first moved to Melbourne, I was looking for a way to connect with the community here and to connect with people in general.
We know that loneliness is bad for both physical and mental health, so, if you feel lonely it is great that you have found this resource and are maybe considering taking steps to work on it. Here are some different things that researchers and people experiencing loneliness themselves have suggested might be helpful.
It is important to remember that what is given as a suggestion might not be right for you. You should consider the reasons for loneliness and the solutions that feel right for you and your life and interests.
Here are some suggestions to start you off:
Formal help from a psychologist or counsellor who could help you work through things like:
It is a natural experience that impacts people of all different ages and walks of life. Loneliness is different from just being alone, you can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely, it is the subjective feeling about lacking connection to others.
We asked the community to tell us what they thought:
Some people are facing challenges in their lives like the loss of a partner or job, some suffer from anxiety in social situations, others are isolated and don’t have a chance to get in contact with other people.
Please help us understand more about loneliness and break the stigma that surrounds it: