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Loneliness Awareness Week – 14th to 18th June

Loneliness Awareness Week – 14th to 18th June

We are encouraging Stockport residents to talk about loneliness and reach out to support others in our communities who may be feeling socially isolated. Nobody in Stockport should feel they are alone

Loneliness Awareness Week will take place from 14 – 18 June. Hosted by Marmalade Trust, it’s a campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and gets people talking about it.

Many of us feel lonely from time to time, it’s a natural human emotion, we understand it and we experience it. We’re biologically wired for social contact, and loneliness is our signal that we need more.

After a year of lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions more of us are experiencing loneliness than ever before and this can have a real impact on our wellbeing. Lockdown easing won’t necessarily change that.

We are encouraging Stockport residents to talk about loneliness and reach out to support others in our communities who may be feeling socially isolated. Nobody in Stockport should feel they are alone and there is lots of support in Stockport to help you connect with others.  You can find details on the Healthy Stockport website along with tips and ideas on how to feel more connected. Even just a smile and a wave or a quick chat can really make a difference.        

Download the One Stockport leaflet (as above) here: Finding Ways to Reconnect – Friendship and Community

Throughout the week, we will be sharing stories about some of the groups and organisations in #onestockport that offer activities and support to help people connect with friends and community.

#stockportloneliness #LonelinessAwarenessWeek #onestockport

This Loneliness Awareness Week, we’re encouraging people to see loneliness as an experience, not as a condition. By building a greater awareness and acceptance of loneliness, we can help ourselves and others to manage the feeling.

#LetsTalkLoneliness ​

After a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions, more of us are experiencing loneliness than ever, which is having a great impact on our wellbeing. We need to remove the stigma and shame surrounding loneliness. And the best way to do that? Let’s talk about it! Let’s make this the year we accept that loneliness exists.

Guide to loneliness.

By building our understanding of loneliness, we can help ourselves and others to manage the feeling. Here are some links ti find out more about loneliness and how we can work to feel less lonely:

WHAT IS IT? 
WHY DO I FEEL IT? 
DIFFERENT TYPES 
WHO EXPERIENCES IT? 
WHAT CAUSES IT?
HAS LONELINESS ALWAYS BEEN AN ISSUE? 
THE LONG TERM EFFECTS 
THE LANGUAGE WE USE 
OUR THREE-STEP APPROACH 
OUR TIPS FOR CONNECTION

Why do I feel lonely even when I’m not alone? 

You don’t have to be on your own to feel lonely – you might feel lonely in a relationship or while spending time with friends or family – especially if you don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around you. Other people might choose to be alone and live happily without much social contact.

Visit the Marmalade Trust’s website where you can learn more about loneliness and know that you are not alone: https://www.marmaladetrust.org/lonelinessguide 
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