Last reviewed on 5 October 2020
Two in five adults in the UK feel lonely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, according to research by the British Red Cross. Limited social contact has increased feelings of loneliness and many people worry this could get worse in the future.
The UK Government is helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak through its #LetsTalkLoneliness initiative. It includes tips such as:
As Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age and Chair of the Campaign to End Loneliness, says, “Even before COVID-19, millions of people in the UK were experiencing loneliness. The lockdown, while necessary, has exacerbated this problem, particularly for older people, who are more likely to live alone, and less likely to be internet users.”
There are lots of charities and other organisations available to help if you feel lonely. This blog by the Campaign to End Loneliness provides useful guidance for older people on what to do if you’re feeling lonely during self-isolation.
Useful websites and helplines:
Read our advice for children and young people, parents and carers and older people