I'm feeling lonely

I feel isolated, like I'm missing out. It's like I'm not being invited to the party.

In The Moment

Feelings of lonliness often aren’t based in reality, and you can make a big change to this sensation by simply reaching out to someone and telling them how you feel.

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Doll Hospital Magazine

A collection of personal, intimate interviews and stories of others’ struggles with their mental health.

 

Doll Hospital “encourages work with an intersectional focus as the history of mental health is so closely tied to the history of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, colonialism, chronic illness, and disability.”

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Crybabies Podcast

Writer Susan Orlean and actor Sarah Thyre are the women behind Crybabies, a podcast about the things that make us cry.

 

Each episode features guests of every creative genre – writers, actors, musicians, comedians – who discuss the music, books, movies, television, and other cultural cues that make them weepy.

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‘A Powerful Experiment’, by Amnesty International

A video demonstrating the importance of connection.

 

Amnesty beautifully show how connections between people can be formed simply by making eye contact. Be prepared to shed a tear, but a happy one.

 

You can mimic the video in your own time too – sit face to face with someone, and without talking stare into each other’s eyes for a while – we’d suggest between 5-10 minutes. This is a powerful way of truly experiencing connection, and can make a huge difference to your overall mood.

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Involve Yourself in Social Activities

You may feel like you don’t want to, but try to keep up with social activities.

 

Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel a lot better.

 

Check and see if there are local events or activities available near you that you could involve yourself in, via facebook groups, community blogs or local noticeboards. If that’s a step too far for you right now then go for a walk, do some exercise or do an activity solo, but try to do these in a place with other people around you – existing in spaces that are shared by other people can help you feel more connected and part of something, even if you’re not directly socialising with anyone straight away.

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Rethink Mental Illness Charity

Rethink Mental Illness offer support and advice for people living with mental illness.

 

Phone: 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)