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.

Rosie
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.

Joanna
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
ageuk.org.uk
Advice and information for older people.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777
carersuk.org
Independent information and support for carers.

Contact the Elderly

0800 716 543
web: contact-the-elderly.org
Social activities for people over 75 with little or no social support.

Do-it trust

Website advertising volunteering opportunities
doittrust.org

Elefriends 

elefriends.org.uk 
Mind’s supportive online community.

Empty Closets

emptyclosets.com
Online community for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, curious or unsure.

Gingerbread

0808 802 0925
gingerbread.org.uk
Advice and practical support for single parents.

LGBT Consortium

lgbtconsortium.org.uk/
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.

Meetup.com

meetup.com
Website that allows you to find face-to-face groups of people who share your interests or aspirations.

Mumsnet

mumsnet.com
Online community for parents

Netmums

netmums.com Online community for parents which facilitates local meet-ups.

NCVO

ncvo.org.uk
Database of local volunteer centres

Relate

0300 100 1234
relate.org.uk
Counselling for adults with relationship difficulties.

Samaritans

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

Side by Side

mind.org.uk/sidebyside
Services to help people with mental health problems meet others across nine areas.

The Silver Line

helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90 (freephone)

thesilverline.org.uk

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

volunteering.org.uk
Information about volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Wales

volunteering-wales.net
Information about volunteering opportunities.

Web of loneliness

webofloneliness.com
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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