“I believe that individuals nowadays are probably more aware of their inner loneliness than has ever been true before in history”This quote was written in the 1970’s by Carl Rogers, who developed the person-centered approach to psychotherapy.
We all know what it can feel like to be lonely, whether it’s the powerful feelings of disconnection from others or spending too much time on our own which can then lead to sadness, despair and feeling deserted.
These big feelings can make it difficult to try to reconnect with others and so the loneliness leads to feeling more empty inside.
Can you remember a time when you felt lonely? Your home may have been full of others or your place of work was busy, but yet you carried a lonely feeling around with you not knowing what to do with it.
Sadly for many, loneliness and isolation is their daily experience and can have a negative impact on their mental health
It is what we do about these feelings of loneliness that can change our future. Connection with others is a key factor in maintaining good mental health.
Connecting with people who understand how it feels to be lonely is also a powerful first step in leaving loneliness behind.
These days we are much more aware of how it can feel to be lonely especially as we are all transitioning back to our lives following the extreme upheaval of the last couple of years. So reach out if you can, reach out if you need to and reach out to someone if you feel they may need a little support.
Katie Moss is a counsellor and associate at RightMind Therapy & Training, where she works with both adults and young people. Katie is an experienced mental health practitioner, wellbeing trainer and accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
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Together we can tackle loneliness
One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we’re raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
About Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness Week 21 years ago and we continue to set the theme, organise and host the week. It has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.
For help and advice on how to cope with loneliness please visit mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/loneliness-help-and-advice
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