How to cope with loneliness

Explains loneliness, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Your stories

The loneliness of mental health problems

Rosie blogs about her experience of loneliness and mental health.

Posted on 17/09/2014

Loneliness and anorexia

Michelle blogs about how lonely she found living with anorexia and how joining a running group helped.

Michelle Mumford
Posted on 25/04/2016

How I overcame loneliness

Joanna blogs about how she overcame loneliness by getting in touch with a local mental health service.

Posted on 27/04/2016

Useful contacts

Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services can include advocacy, supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Find your local Mind here.

Some of these organisations may be able to help you deal with your feelings of loneliness or make new connections.

If you are thinking of joining an online community read our info on staying safe online.

Age UK

0800 169 65 65
Advice and information for older people.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777
Independent information and support for carers.

Contact the Elderly

0800 716 543
Social activities for people over 75 with little or no social support.

Do-it trust

Website advertising volunteering opportunities

Mind’s supportive online community.

Empty Closets
Online community for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, curious or unsure.


0808 802 0925
Advice and practical support for single parents.

LGBT Consortium
Directory of services and groups for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. 

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

0300 330 0630
Support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered
people in the UK.
Website that allows you to find face-to-face groups of people who share your interests or aspirations.

Online community for parents

Netmums Online community for parents which facilitates local meet-ups.

Database of local volunteer centres


0300 100 1234
Counselling for adults with relationship difficulties.


Chris, PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
helpline: 116 123
[email protected]
24-hour support for anyone in distress or despair.

Side by Side
Services to help people with mental health problems meet others across nine areas.

The Silver Line

helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90 (freephone)

Provides support, information, advice and friendship to older people (over the age of 55) who may feel lonely or isolated. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Volunteering England
Information about volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Wales
Information about volunteering opportunities.

Web of loneliness
Online community and website which provides information and tips on loneliness. Also allows users to share artwork and poetry.

This information was published in April 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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