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Loneliness Awareness Week – 10-16 June 2024

Loneliness Awareness Week – 10-16 June 2024 – Run by the Marmalade Trust, “Loneliness Awareness Week raises awareness of loneliness and empowers everyone to make connections across the UK and worldwide.” This months theme is random acts of kindness.

For ideas on how you can get involved please take a look at their website. They have ideas on what you can do and there is a map where you can explore what events are going on in your area.

Perhaps have a think about what random act of kindness you could offer, below are some ideas:

  • Smiling at a stranger
  • Offering to buy someone a coffee
  • Reaching out to a family member, friend or colleague, to have a chat or meet up.
  • Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while by text, call or email.
  • Offer to help a neighbour with a small job that needs doing
  • Volunteer
  • Get involved with a group or society

The Blog Managing Loneliness on this website, explores the subject of loneliness further and considered strategies for combatting loneliness.

According to the Marmalade Trust many studies have been done to consider the impact of loneliness on our mental and physical health.

Loneliness has been linked to early deaths and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, cognitive decline and poor sleep. It’s as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. People who feel lonely are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s (and other forms of dementia) than those who do not feel lonely.

If you are feeling lonely you might want to try some of the suggestions listed above or browse through the Helpful Articles on this website for inspiration on different things you could do.

If you are struggling with loneliness or any issue you might want to talk to a professional. Paul offers each client the opportunity to speak with him first in an initial phone call to ensure that he is the right person for you to work with on the difficulties you are experiencing and to answer any questions that you have. Paul is currently only offering support online or on the telephone. Please call him on 07843 813 537 or fill in the form on the Contact Page, if he doesn’t answer he is probably in a session, please leave me a message and he will call you back as soon as he can.

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