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Here we look at how you can support someone who is lonely and where else they can look for help. You may suspect that someone is struggling with loneliness before they are aware of it themselves. They may have become more isolated for various reasons. Some s that someone might be lonely include:. You may find it hard to admit as well. But by acknowledging the situation, you may be able to help them find support. Call, visit or them regularly to keep in touch. Loneliness can be tied up with other problems like depression or grief, which may cause people to withdraw and avoid company.
You may be able to help them find a local charity that could help. Our Getting around more easily has more information. But if they seem interested in a particular activity, you could help them work out how to get there or offer to go with them to make it less daunting. Our Staying connected has ideas for ways they could increase their social contact if they want to.
If they need help at home, for example, you could help them arrange a care needs assessment. If it seems appropriate, you could suggest they talk to their GP or ring a helpline like The Silver Line 4 70 80 90 or Samaritans Whatever you do, try to be reliable. Forgetting a promised phone call may not seem important to you, but for someone who has little contact with others, this can be very disappointing. This could be a friend, relative, neighbour or charity volunteer.
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How to tell if someone is lonely You may suspect that someone is struggling with loneliness before they are aware of it themselves. Some s that someone might be lonely include: disturbed sleep lots of minor illnesses an unhealthy diet, or smoking or drinking more changes in behaviour - for example, becoming withdrawn or putting themselves down not looking after their appearance or hygiene losing interest in things they used to enjoy.
Be dependable Whatever you do, try to be reliable. Related publications Advice guide If you're feeling lonely. Share this article.
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