"It isn’t the symptoms of my depression that make me relapse, it’s the loneliness I feel when I’m well". Loneliness is a feeling that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. You can feel lonely in a crowd, with colleagues at work, with your friends and closest family. But if this loneliness becomes persistent, it can pose a significant risk to our health and wellbeing. Loneliness can become a serious health issue and can lead to numerous physical and mental health problems including suicide. It’s a complex and personal experience that's different for every person, affecting mostly young people aged 16 to 24 and elderly people aged 60 plus. It’s clear that too many people aren’t getting the support they need with lonely or suicidal thoughts, when they need it, and far too often help is not available, effective or appropriate. This special Smiley TALK held on the 25th September 2019 will be tackling the epidemic of Loneliness and Social Isolation in the UK. We will be talking to experts, people with lived experiences and authorities working to eradicate loneliness to share real stories and vital strategies for recognising symptoms of loneliness and knowing how to step in, potentially saving their life.
Loneliness Research Manager from Samaritans
CEO of Child Line & NSPCC
CEO of Silver Line, founder of Childline, BBC Presenter
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