Loneliness is a large and complex issue. Last year, I reached out to members of the community to ask you about your experiences with loneliness and over 1000 of you responded. The results were touching and honest. Feelings of loneliness were widespread with hundreds underestimating how many others in the community were also feeling lonely. It showed me that we needed to do more, to openly talk about loneliness and be willing to discuss it in public.
We want to continue to keep our promise of doing more and so are launching a new ‘Dealing with Loneliness’ survey one year on. Last year the survey results showed we don’t just want more people in our lives, we want the right people in our lives. We want intimacy, not interaction. We want true connections, not just surface level contacts.
When you are feeling a little lonely, it is easy to suffer in silence. You may even feel like you are alone in your loneliness. The truth is that almost all of us feel lonely from time to time.
When we look back at 2020 so far, it’s no surprise that for many it has been a difficult year. I wonder how the pandemic has affected our feelings of loneliness and whether it’s brought people closer together or further apart?
Has technology become a staple in your life or have you been unable to communicate with those you love the most? Perhaps having to stay at home has given you more time with those you love?
However you feel, we would love for you to take part in the survey to help us better understand how we, as a community, are feeling. All responses will be anonymous and we will share the findings with the community, continuing to speak openly and truthfully about loneliness and find solutions to this important challenge.
Do you ever feel lonely? What do you think are the best ways of dealing with loneliness? Please share your thoughts below.