Loneliness

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    “What volunteering for a suicide helpline taught me about loneliness”

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    Life

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    “Celebrating Eid alone this year didn’t feel like a celebration at all”

Latest Stories

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Feeling lonely? Here’s how to beat the 4 types of loneliness

Loneliness is an issue across the whole of the UK. Here, a psychologist offers her advice for overcoming these feelings.

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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Life

Why WhatsApp might actually be good for your mental health

It turns out social media may not be all bad news after all...

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Lauren Geall
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Woman with her friends
Life

This is what having fewer best friends says about you

Quantity or quality though?

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Chloe Gray
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Books

27 of the most comforting books to stop you feeling lonely

“This is the equivalent of a cosy light in the window welcoming me in.”

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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Hollie Richardson
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What does being lonely in London really look like?

These photos tell the candid stories of lonely Londoners.

Loneliness Awareness Week
Life

Weekend evenings are the loneliest times for us, so how can we make things better?

A new campaign inspired by Jo Cox has been launched.

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Hollie Richardson
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People

Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure talks social media dangers and the healing power of music

“There’s an irony that in a connected world, so many people feel disconnected…”

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Helen Bownass
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People

Adwoa Aboah’s 3 tried-and-tested tips for combating loneliness

“We’ve got to look after each other, we’ve got to love each other, even harder and even more powerful"

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Megan Murray
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Long Reads

Why are we so scared of silence?

From podcasts by day, to white noise at night, we’re constantly buffering ourselves from silence. But why?

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Lauren Bravo
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People

Jenny Slate just perfectly summed up why every woman needs to learn to be lonely

In a revealing interview, the actress has opened up about anxiety, getting older and being OK on her own

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Hannah-Rose Yee
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Life

How are you really? The one question you should be asking your friends this Christmas

Deep listening has never been a more important skill, and it’s one you should be trying this festive season.

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Hannah-Rose Yee
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Alexandra Jones
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What’s behind the rise in workplace loneliness?

Increasing numbers of UK employees feel lonely in their job. But why do we care when we’re there to work?

Life

How loneliness is holding millennials back in life

And it’s having a damaging impact on our mental health.

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Susan Devaney
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Life

Could robot companions eventually spell the end of loneliness?

We spent the day with Pepper, the most sophisticated companion robot on the market. But is he any substitute for real friends?

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Alexandra Jones
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People

"The appointment of a minister for loneliness is hypocritical, but it gives me hope"

The British government has appointed its first ever minister for loneliness

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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Life

Age UK’s Christmas advert has a heartbreaking but important message

“This advert has reduced me to tears.”

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Susan Devaney
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Life

We need to talk about new motherhood and loneliness

"I’d gone from working a million miles an hour to being at home alone with this little person. I felt very isolated."

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Moya Crockett
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Life

Why we all think we’re the least popular one in our group of friends

If you believe everyone’s hanging out without you, you’re not alone

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Moya Crockett
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Sarah Biddlecombe
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Bestselling author reveals surprising side-effect of writing a book

Always wanted to write a book? Read this first

Life

One year on: Jo Cox's legacy is changing how we think about loneliness

Stylist meets six people supported by the Jo Cox Commission

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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