Loneliness: things that may help right away

There are lots of different ways to combat feelings of loneliness. Different things will work for different people, so take it at your own pace and without putting any pressure on yourself.

You could try:

  • picking up the phone and speaking to somebody. It could be an old friend or family member you've not spoken to for a while. You can also talk to an expert if you'd prefer
  • saying hello to a neighbour. Next time you meet, you could stop and ask how they are
  • taking your mind off it by getting out into nature, exercising, or trying an online activity. Visit our move more webpages for information on how to get more active, or visit the Royal Voluntary Service website for lots of creative tutorials
  • researching different groups you could join in your local area

There’s always someone to talk to for free:

  • if you feel isolated, need some guidance, or you’d just like to chat with someone new, call Hullo on 0800 001 4455. You can chat with a volunteer for up to 20 minutes each time. Lines are open from 9am to 9pm every day
  • if you're struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmingly low, Open Door has a mental health helpline. Call 0800 138 7276, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • if you're an older person, Silverline is a free confidential helpline that can provide information, friendship and advice. Call 0800 470 8090, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • sign up to Kooth (age 10-25) or Qwell (age 26 and over) to talk to a qualified professional or other people in the community