After over a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions, more of us are experiencing loneliness than ever before which can have a great impact on our wellbeing.
Stigma around loneliness can lead to further isolation so the Council is offering residents information on how to recognise loneliness, where to find help; and tips on how to feel more connected during the awareness week and beyond.
Loneliness is not new but we do increasingly recognise it as one of our most pressing public health issues. Feeling lonely often is linked to early deaths – on a par with smoking or obesity. It’s also linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke; depression, cognitive decline and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. It’s estimated that between 5% and 18% of UK adults feel lonely often or always. And when we feel socially rejected, it triggers a response in our brain similar to one from experiencing physical pain.
Are you or a relative lonely or struggling at home? This section includes services that can help. You can also search for groups, activities, befriending schemes and social care support in other areas of the site.
People of all ages may feel lonely for many reasons – You may have lost a loved one, have a lack of confidence, experience mental health issues, feel isolated in a new environment or struggle to get out and about due to your age or disability.
This section has a range of support and services if you, or someone you know, are struggling.
Day Opportunities are services and community activities that help people to have a fulfilling life, learn new skills, pursue interests, make friends, gain relationships and peer support, and make a positive contribution to the community. This can include attending groups and activities, being involved in education, going to work or volunteering as well as lots of other things. Talk to us about Day Opportunities in Nottinghamshire.