We all feel lonely sometimes and you don’t need to be physically alone to experience loneliness.

Sometimes you can feel alone and as though nobody understands what you’re going through, even when you’re with other people.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with loneliness, but these are some of the most common.

  • Struggling to connect with other people
  • Feeling like you have no friends around you
  • Feeling low or sad
  • Starting to doubt yourself
  • Feeling like you’re not good enough

Top tips

Mind has lots of information on their website to help you understand why you might be feeling lonely, as well as tips and advice to help you feel better.

These tips include taking it slow, trying peer support and trying to open up.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support if you’re feeling lonely, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.