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Charlie Watkins Foundation: Managing Loneliness

YOUNG people are at a higher risk of suffering from loneliness, as found by the Loneliness and Mental Health Report UK. Here, the Charlie Watkins Foundation discusses how it is supporting young people and shares three top tips for managing loneliness. 

There are many definitions surrounding loneliness; some say that loneliness is simply sadness from having no company and others believe it is a state of mind that can lead to mental health challenges

In truth, loneliness affects everyone very differently and there is a large distinction between feeling lonely and experiencing loneliness. Everyone feels lonely at certain times, but the Mental Health Foundation’s Loneliness and Mental Health Report UK found that persistent loneliness is linked to poor mental health.

Young people and loneliness

The report also identified 16-24s as one of the groups most likely to suffer from loneliness, alongside unemployed people, carers and those who are of an ethnic minority or LGBTQ+. 

The Charlie Watkins Foundation (CWF) strives to raise funding for vital projects to help young people across the UK who are facing serious mental health challenges.

One of CWF’s recent projects was funding a new summer house, Charlie’s Cabin, as part of the Youth Enquiry Service (YES) project GoGreen. Charlie’s Cabin aims to provide a safe space for young people who may be experiencing loneliness to share their concerns or simply chat with their peers or project leaders.

Managing loneliness

It is important to remember that there is no single cause or solution to loneliness, but there are things we can do to lessen the effects and improve our mental wellbeing. Here are some top tips from CWF to help manage loneliness:

1. Do activities you enjoy

Keeping busy and stimulated can help ease the feelings of loneliness. This could be something simple like watching an episode of your favourite TV series or even texting a friend. 

2. Spend time with pets

If you have a pet, spending time with them is a brilliant way of managing loneliness. Our pets provide us with unconditional love and give structure to our days, ensuring we are meeting their needs which in turn, meet our own. 

3. Take a walk

If you have a dog, you’ll most likely be doing this regularly anyway! But even if you don’t, taking a short walk around the block and breathing in the fresh air can do wonders for your mental health and wellbeing.  

With your help, CWF can continue their vital work and give support to young people who need it the most. If you would like to help us to continue to make a difference, please consider donating.

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