Loneliness is being alone when you don’t want to be or still feeling this way when you are around other people. Choosing to be by yourself is different to loneliness as this is your choice to be in your own company.
Everybody can feel lonely at times and there can be lots of different reasons for this such as moving to a new school/college, losing someone close to you or having different life experiences which you feel others can’t relate to.
If you are feeling lonely, it can be difficult to cope with and it can start to affect your mental health. It can make you feel sad or depressed.
There are things that you can do which may help you to feel better.
If you are struggling, it is important that you reach out for support. You could talk to somebody that you can trust such as parents/carers or wider family members. You could also speak to your GP about how you are feeling. They will be able to suggest local services for you to get some support or suggest specific treatment for you.
Young Minds have produced a helpful guide about loneliness including tips to help you feel better
The British Red Cross Website contains information on how to get help with loneliness
The Children’s Society provide useful tips on how to overcome loneliness
The Red Cross have produced an animation about how you can address feelings of loneliness
Youth Focus North East have developed a video where young people talk about loneliness