Whether you are living with a mental illness, miles away from your family, or just struggling to cope with the many changes to your daily life that the lockdown has brought with it, it is very easy to feel like you are completely alone.
However, that doesn’t have to be the case. While it is especially difficult being unable to visit family and friends, there are a number video calling apps, such as Skype, Zoom and FaceTime, that can provide company at merely the press of a button.
There are also a great number of charities, such as Mind, CALM and Samaritans who are free to provide support, advice, or simply act as a friendly ear.
Ben Theaker, Assistant manager of Mind Lincoln, spoke to LSJ News and explained how Mind is looking to help those who are experiencing loneliness. “We are promoting wellbeing; how to cope with going to work during coronavirus, supporting young people during the outbreak, information how to stay active at home, your rights to social care, and dealing with panic attacks, loneliness, trauma, stress, bereavement and grief.”
“Some tips help manage these feelings are to take it slow, try peer support, try to open up, look into talking therapies and social care, be careful when comparing yourself to others, and look after yourself.”
To find more information you can visit the www.mind.org.uk website and if you, or someone you know is struggling with loneliness check out the info-graphic below for information on who you can speak to.