young man sitting in window looking alone

How lockdown has impacted on loneliness

Recent ONS analysis has shown that during the first month of lockdown, the equivalent of 7.4 million people said that their wellbeing was affected through loneliness.

They were more likely than others to struggle to find things to help them cope, and were less likely to feel that they had support networks to fall back on.

As restrictions have started to ease, and more people are going back to work and school, important social connections will slowly re-build.

But the effects of loneliness for some will be longer-lasting. There are many people who haven’t been able to return to their daily lives yet, or who have to self isolate, and will continue to need support.

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Charities and private sector organisations have got together to organise online events and offer tips on how you can help someone who may be lonely.

Here are some ways that you can get involved in Loneliness Awareness Week.

Directly from Devon County Council Newsletter 18 June 2020