Feeling lonely and lacking social connections can happen to anyone of any age.

People are, by nature, social creatures so lacking enough social connection or friendship can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.

The pandemic has been a very difficult time when most of us have been physically separated from our family and friends or the people who support us.

It’s important that everyone finds ways to feel connected to other people. Whether that’s by keeping in contact with family, friends or neighbours; becoming part of a social group or network; or through volunteering.

You can find organisations (both local and national) that bring people together and help to reduce isolation in the MindWell Directory:

Services for older people

Services for people of all ages

Social and community groups for all ages

Support groups and peer support

Online communities

Need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling?

Go to the MindWell Directory to find emotional and practical support.